prey Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “prey” - English Dictionary

"prey" in American English

See all translations

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 British English

See all translations

preynoun [U]

uk   /preɪ/  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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prey" in Business English

See all translations

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.
Compare
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…
What is the pronunciation of prey?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“prey” in Business English

There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

nutty

containing, tasting of, or similar to nuts

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More