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English definition of “pry”

pry

verb  /prɑɪ/ us  

pry verb (OPEN)

[T always + adv/prep] to open, move, or lift something by putting one end of a tool under it and pushing down on the other end: She pried the oyster open. [T always + adv/prep] fig. To pry is also to get something with much effort: They pried the information out of him.

pry verb (ASK QUESTIONS)

[I] to try to obtain private facts about a person: Reporters were prying into her personal life.
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