Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “predatory”

See all translations

predatory

adjective uk   /ˈpred.ə.tər.i/ us    /-tɔːr-/
A predatory animal kills and eats other animals: The owl is a predatory bird which kills its prey with its claws. mainly disapproving A predatory person or organization tries to get something that belongs to someone else: The company spent much effort in avoiding takeover bids from predatory competitors. disapproving used to describe someone who expresses sexual interest in a very obvious way: I hate going to bars on my own because men look at you in such a predatory way.
(Definition of predatory from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of predatory?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “predatory”

Definitions of “predatory” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cold snap

a short period of cold weather

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More