Meaning of “pry” in the English Dictionary

"pry" in British English

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uk /praɪ/ us /praɪ/

pry verb (ASK QUESTIONS)

[ I ] disapproving to try to find out private facts about a person:

As a reporter, I was paid to pry into other people's lives.
I hope you don't think I'm prying, but has your boyfriend ever lived with anyone before?
She wanted a private holiday away from prying eyes (= where no one would be trying to see her).

(Definition of “pry” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pry" in American English

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us /prɑɪ/

pry verb (OPEN)

[ T always + adv/prep ] to open, move, or lift something by putting one end of a tool under it and pushing down on the other end:

She pried the oyster open.

[ T always + adv/prep ] fig. To pry is also to get something with much effort:

They pried the information out of him.

pry verb (ASK QUESTIONS)

[ I ] to try to obtain private facts about a person:

Reporters were prying into her personal life.

(Definition of “pry” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)