Definitions for prey

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prey, quarry, target, fair game(noun)

    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. prey, quarry(verb)

    animal hunted or caught for food

  3. prey, feed(verb)

    profit from in an exploitatory manner

    "He feeds on her insecurity"

  4. raven, prey, predate(verb)

    prey on or hunt for

    "These mammals predate certain eggs"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prey(noun)ɪ

    an animal that another animal feeds on

    Field mice are prey to large birds.

  2. preyɪ

    to become the victim of

    Many senior citizens fall prey to fraud.

  3. prey(verb)ɪ

    (of an animal) to feed on

    The owl preys on small mammals.

  4. preyɪ

    to take advantage of a weak or vulnerable person

    advertising that preys on self-conscious teenage girls

  5. preyɪ

    to keep worrying sb

    The fact that he had not told her the truth was preying on his mind.

Wiktionary

  1. prey(Noun)

    Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.

  2. prey(Noun)

    That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.

  3. prey(Noun)

    A living thing that is eaten by another living thing.

    The rabbit was eaten by the coyote, so the rabbit is the coyote's prey.

  4. prey(Verb)

    To victimize, hunt, attack or plunder.

  5. prey(Verb)

    To devour.

  6. prey(Verb)

    To exert harmful influence.

  7. Origin: from preie, one of the variants of proie, from praeda

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prey(noun)

    anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder

  2. Prey(noun)

    that which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim

  3. Prey(noun)

    the act of devouring other creatures; ravage

  4. Prey(noun)

    to take booty; to gather spoil; to ravage; to take food by violence

Freebase

  1. Prey

    Prey is a first-person shooter video game developed by Human Head Studios, under contract for 3D Realms, and published by 2K Games, the Xbox 360 version was ported by Venom Games. The game was initially released in North America and Europe on 11 July 2006. Prey uses a heavily modified version of id Tech 4 to use portals and variable gravity to create the environments the player explores. The game's story is focused on Cherokee Domasi "Tommy" Tawodi as he, his girlfriend, and grandfather are abducted aboard an alien spaceship known as The Sphere as it consumes material, both inanimate and living, from Earth in order to sustain itself. Tommy's Cherokee past allows him to let his spirit roam freely at times, and gives Tommy an edge in his attempt to stop the Sphere. Prey had been in development in one form or another since 1995, and has had several major revisions. While the general approach to gameplay, including the use of portals, remained in the game, the story and setting changed several times. The game received generally positive reviews and was a commercial success, selling more than one million copies in the first two months of its release and leading to the development of a sequel, with rights owned by the Radar Group. The rights were recently transferred to Bethesda Softworks and Id Software parent company ZeniMax Media.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prey' in Nouns Frequency: #2228


Translations for prey

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

prey(noun)

a bird or animal, birds or animals, that is/are hunted by other birds or animals for food

The lion tore at its prey.

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