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Meaning of “prey” in the English Dictionary

"prey" in British English

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preynoun [U]

uk   us   /preɪ/
C2 an ​animal that is ​hunted and ​killed for ​food by another ​animal: A ​hawkhovered in the ​air before ​swooping on ​its prey.
(Definition of prey from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prey" in American English

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preynoun [U]

 us   /preɪ/
a ​creature that is ​hunted and ​killed for ​food by another ​animal: The prey had been ​sighted.
(Definition of prey from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prey" in Business English

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preynoun [U or S]

uk   us   /preɪ/
someone who can be easily ​deceived or ​harmed: Children are seen as easy prey for this ​type of ​advertising.
FINANCE a ​company that another, usually larger or ​stronger, ​companywants to ​buy or ​control : The ​insurancecompany is in danger of ​changing from being ​predator to being prey.
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be/fall prey to sb/sth to be ​harmed or ​deceived by someone or something : The once-successful ​propertydevelopmentcompany has ​fallen prey to the ​currenteconomiccrisis. FINANCE to be ​bought by a larger, more powerful ​company or ​organization: The ​bank seems likely to ​fall prey to a bigger ​organization.
(Definition of prey from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “prey”
in Korean 먹이…
in Arabic فَريسة…
in Malaysian mangsa…
in French proie…
in Russian жертва, добыча…
in Chinese (Traditional) 被捕食的動物,獵物…
in Italian preda…
in Turkish av, kurban, yem…
in Polish zdobycz, ofiara…
in Spanish presa…
in Vietnamese con mồi…
in Portuguese presa…
in Thai เหยื่อ…
in German die Beute…
in Catalan presa…
in Japanese えじき, 獲物…
in Chinese (Simplified) 被捕食的动物,猎物…
in Indonesian mangsa…
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