Meaning of “prey” in the English Dictionary

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"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 /preɪ/ us

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, company wants to buy or control :

The insurance company 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 property development company has fallen prey to the current economic crisis.

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)