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English

Etymology

Via Middle English and Old French preie from Latin praeda

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
prey

Plural
-

prey (-)
  1. (archaic) Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.
  2. That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.
  3. A living thing that is eaten by another living thing.
    The rabbit was eaten by the coyote, so the rabbit is the coyote's prey.

Usage notes

Though often confused, prey applies to all living things, not just animals.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to prey

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to prey (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To victimize, hunt, attack or plunder.
  2. To devour.
  3. To exert harmful influence.

Anagrams

References

prey” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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