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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 animal kills and eats other animals: The owl is a predatory bird that 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 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 weak financial position: Trading was heavy, sparking speculation that the group, clearly vulnerable to a bid, was attracting predatory attention. The chances of a predatory takeover bid from its US rival receded.
(Definition of predatory from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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