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PREY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prey mean? 

PREY (noun)
  The noun PREY has 2 senses:

1. a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
2. animal hunted or caught for food

  Familiarity information: PREY used as a noun is rare.


PREY (verb)
  The verb PREY has 2 senses:

1. profit from in an exploitatory manner
2. prey on or hunt for

  Familiarity information: PREY used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREY (noun)


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Meaning:

A person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

fair game; prey; quarry; target

Context examples:

he fell prey to muggers / everyone was fair game / the target of a manhunt

Hypernyms ("prey" is a kind of...):

victim (an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance)


Sense 2prey [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Animal hunted or caught for food

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Synonyms:

prey; quarry

Hypernyms ("prey" is a kind of...):

animal; animate being; beast; brute; creature; fauna (a living organism characterized by voluntary movement)


PREY (verb)


Sense 1prey [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Profit from in an exploitatory manner

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

prey; feed

Context example:

He feeds on her insecurity

Hypernyms (to "prey" is one way to...):

exploit; work (use or manipulate to one's advantage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2prey [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prey on or hunt for

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

prey; raven; predate

Context example:

These mammals predate certain eggs

Hypernyms (to "prey" is one way to...):

forage (wander and feed)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


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