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English definition of “prowl”


verb [I/T]  /prɑʊl/ us  
to move around an area quietly and secretly, as when hunting: [T] At night, scorpions prowl the desert for insects. [I] There have been reports of a man prowling in the neighborhood.
noun [U]  /prɑʊl/ us  
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