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"predatory" in British English

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predatoryadjective

uk   /ˈpred.ə.tər.i/  us   /ˈpred.ə.tɔːr.i/
A predatory ​animalkills and ​eats other ​animals: The ​owl is a predatory ​bird that ​killsitsprey with ​itsclaws.
mainly disapproving A predatory ​person or ​organizationtries to get something that ​belongs to someone ​else: The ​companyspent much ​effort in ​avoidingtakeoverbids from predatory ​competitors.
disapproving used to ​describe someone who ​expressessexualinterest 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"predatory" in American English

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predatoryadjective

 us   /ˈpred·əˌtɔr·i, -ˌtoʊr-/
People or ​organizations who are predatory ​tend to use ​others for ​their own ​advantage: Larger ​companies, which ​played a predatory ​role, ​swooped down to ​cash in on the new ​fad.
(Definition of predatory from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"predatory" in Business English

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predatoryadjective

uk   /ˈpredətəri/  us   /ˈpredətɔri/
used to describe a ​situation where a ​company is looking to ​buy another ​company that is in a ​weakfinancialposition: Trading was ​heavy, sparking ​speculation that the ​group, clearly vulnerable to a ​bid, was ​attracting predatory ​attention. The chances of a predatory ​takeoverbid from its US ​rivalreceded.
(Definition of predatory from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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