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Prey meaning

prey - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. a person who is the aim of an attack ( especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence; " he fell prey to muggers"; " everyone was fair game"; " the target of a manhunt"
  2. 2. Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.
  3. 3. That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.
  4. 4. The act of devouring other creatures; ravage.
  5. 5. To take booty; to gather spoil; to ravage; to take food by violence.
  6. 6. Spoil; plunder; creature seized to be devoured.
  7. 7. To plunder; seize and devour; feed.

prey - examples of usage

  1. I remember also hearing of a seal in Shetland which would return with its prey in its mouth on being summoned by the owner. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. The body of the cow having been preserved from the birds and beasts of prey during the day, the gallant bull was turned out again in the evening. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. While in this helpless position, they are sometimes attacked by birds of prey, which tear out their eyes, and otherwise injure them. - "Stories of Animal Sagacity", W.H.G. Kingston.
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