verb (used without object)
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Origin of prey
OTHER WORDS FROM preypreyer, nounun·prey·ing, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for prey
In this case, unlike the scenario of not being eaten, your hope is the bike thief will move on to easier prey.
Many barges were stuck at sea and became easy prey for pirates.
This is the longest known prey of a marine reptile from the dinosaur age, and may be the oldest direct evidence of a marine reptile eating an animal larger than a human, researchers report August 20 in iScience.This ichthyosaur died after devouring a creature nearly as long as itself|Maria Temming|August 20, 2020|Science News
Bigger dingoes can hunt bigger prey, notes Letnic, which could have unknown impacts on Australian ecosystems.Culling dingoes with poison may be making them bigger|Jake Buehler|August 19, 2020|Science News
The new cytosine-converting enzyme, however, was as lethal to mammalian cells as it was to bacterial prey.A bacterial toxin enables the first mitochondrial gene editor|Jack J. Lee|July 13, 2020|Science News
And they prey on those that society will be least likely to believe.
As he relishes his triumph, a larger, grinning version of the man materializes in the background, eyeing his prey.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing|Marlow Stern|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When it comes to protecting birds of prey, Illinois state law can be an ass.
Yes, Levine plays the role of a stalker and Prinsloo that of his “prey,” but she never comes across as a victim.Sex, Blood and Maroon 5: Pop Culture’s Wounds Run Deep|Lizzie Crocker|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finally near sunset, he spotted his prey: a whitetail buck grazing in the thick bush.
There was a great deal of heart-burning, and the camp was the prey of winged rumours, most of them discouraging ones.A Prisoner in Turkey|John Still
Like the sparrowhawk, it frequently hovers in the air and drops upon its prey.
He was like a hunter following his prey, like an angler fishing, he cared only for the chase, for the capture.Possessed|Cleveland Moffett
In captivity, having no web, it actually flees before its prey, and has not the resolution to confront a fly.The Insect|Jules Michelet
The serpent fixed itself in a tree by the water-side; and underneath the same tree the young crocodile watched for prey.The World of Waters|Mrs. David Osborne