prey1 [preı] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: preie, from Latin praeda 'something seized']
1.) [singular,U]
an animal, bird etc that is hunted and eaten by another animal
a tiger stalking its prey
2.) bird/beast of prey
a bird or animal which lives by killing and eating other animals
3.) be/fall prey to sb/sth
if someone falls prey to someone or something bad, they are harmed or affected by them
Street children in this part of the world often fall prey to drug dealers.
They are prey to nameless fears.
4.) easy prey
a) someone who can easily be deceived or harmed
He was easy prey for the two conmen who called at his house.
b) an animal which is easily caught by another
Fish at the surface of the water are easy prey for eagles.
prey 2
prey2 v
prey on / [prey on sb/sth] phr v
1.) if an animal or bird preys on another animal or bird, it hunts and eats it
Cats prey on birds and mice.
2.) to try to deceive or harm weaker people
religious cults that specialize in preying on young people
3.) prey on sb's mind
to make someone worry continuously
The accident has been preying on my mind all week.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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