Definitions of prey

  1. a person who is the victim of ridicule or exploitation by some hostile person or influence; " he fell prey to muggers"; " everyone was fair game"
  2. prey on or hunt for; " These mammals predate certain eggs"
  3. profit from in an exploitatory manner; " He feeds on her insecurity"
  4. animal hunted or caught for food
  5. 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"
  6. Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.
  7. That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.
  8. The act of devouring other creatures; ravage.
  9. To take booty; to gather spoil; to ravage; to take food by violence.
  10. Any animal seized by another for food; plunder; a victim.
  11. To take booty; to devour an animal as food; to exert a destructive influence: with on or upon.
  12. Preyed.
  13. Preying.
  14. Booty: plunder: that which is or may be seized to be devoured.
  15. To plunder: to seize and devour: to waste or impair gradually: to weigh heavily ( followed by on or upon).
  16. Spoil; plunder; creature seized to be devoured.
  17. To plunder; seize and devour; feed.
  18. To seize food, as a bird or beast, by violence; plunder; make a victim; wear or waste; followed by on or upon.
  19. Any animal seized by another for food; a victim; booty.
  20. Spoil; plunder; that which is or may be seized by violence in order to be devoured.
  21. To plunder; to seize and devour; to waste gradually; to cause to pine away. Beast of prey, a carnivorous animal.
  22. That which is or may be seized to be eaten, as by a wild beast; spoil; booty; plunder; ravage.
  23. To rob or pillage; to seize and devour; to rest heavily on, as the mind; to waste gradually; to corrode.

Usage examples for prey

  1. My Lord Sandwich is come back into the Downes with only eight sayle, which is or may be a prey to the Dutch, if they knew our weakness and inability to set out any more speedily. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  2. The pursuers sprang on their prey – The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5) by Thomas Babington Macaulay
  3. For a moment it seemed to her that he was right, that it were better never to be the prey of any deep emotion. – The Garden Of Allah by Robert Hichens
  4. We shall do nothing but prey upon each other and turn each other's life to perfect weariness. – Notes of a Son and Brother by Henry James
  5. My fury left them cast in open street, Some beast hath torn her flesh and licked her blood, Ah noble prey – Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso
  6. His vices had been the cause of his downfall, and at the time Superintendent Morton of the City Rescue Mission made his acquaintance he was a crafty, unscrupulous rascal, with the qualities of a beast of prey rather than those of a man. – Jimmie Moore of Bucktown by Melvin Earnest Trotter
  7. Once I thought I could see a man in it, but it was a fancy; or perhaps the soul of the thing, watching from its hiding- place for a prey which it might seize upon. – Monsieur Violet by Frederick Marryat
  8. No fox waiting for prey was ever more vigilant. – Wives and Widows; or The Broken Life by Ann S. Stephens
  9. She growled and moved, but did not leave her prey – A Little Bush Maid by Mary Grant Bruce
  10. We have, however, heard of them annoying a tiger to such an extent as to make him surrender to them the prey which he had killed for himself. – Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert A. Sterndale
  11. Eager to seize our prey we dashed into the water after them; when, to escape us, they endeavoured to make their way through the high grass. – Afar in the Forest by W.H.G. Kingston
  12. In the dim light Truedale watched the shadowy forms enter Jim's unlocked cabin and presently issue forth, evidently convinced that the prey was not there- had not been there! – The Man Thou Gavest by Harriet T. Comstock
  13. " And he'd never be able to approach his prey – Indirection by Everett B. Cole
  14. A belt of trees by the side of a dry water- course concealed the Indians from view, and, their eyes being fixed on their expected prey they had hitherto probably not seen us. – With Axe and Rifle by W.H.G. Kingston
  15. The judge was silent, evidently a prey to melancholy. – Stories by Foreign Authors: Polish by Various
  16. With a scream of terror, Penny leaped aside and the animal rushed past, squealing in rage at having missed his prey – Swamp Island by Mildred A. Wirt
  17. The prey is taken from the mighty and men are delivered from the dominion of evil. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  18. Were you ever the prey of an idea? – The Mayor's Wife by Anna Katherine Green
  19. The British were so sure of their prey that they kept no watch. – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  20. Even a bird of prey must live. – The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell