prey

Meanings

Noun

  • Anything, such as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; something taken by force from an enemy in war
  • That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured
  • A person or thing given up as a victim.
  • A living thing that is eaten by another living thing.
  • The act of devouring other creatures; ravage.
  • The victim of a disease.

Verb

  • To act as a predator.

Origin

  • From Middle English preye, prei, prey╚Łe, borrowed from Anglo-Norman and Old French preie, one of the variants of proie, from Latin praeda. Compare predator.

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