Prey - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |preɪ|  American pronunciation of the word prey
Brit.  |preɪ|  British pronunciation of the word prey


- a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence (syn: quarry, target)
he fell prey to muggers
- animal hunted or caught for food (syn: quarry)


- profit from in an exploitatory manner (syn: feed)
- prey on or hunt for (syn: predate, raven)

Extra examples

The lion stalked its prey.

The bird circled above looking for prey.

The seals are easy prey for sharks.

Too often elderly people are easy prey for swindlers and other criminals.

Empty houses are prey to squatters.

Homeless young people are easy prey for drug-dealers.

The lions in this area prey on deer and other wild animals.

He lives by preying on his relations.

Bands of robbers living in the hills would prey on any traveller.

The wolf was hunting its prey.

The snake curled itself around its prey.

The snake coiled around its prey.

...while traveling the ancient Silk Road, traders were constant prey to cutthroats and thieves...

The lions devoured their prey.

The fierce cat uses its claws to disembowel its prey.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: prey
he/she/it: preys
present participle: preying
past tense: preyed
past participle: preyed
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