Prey

Definition of Prey

n.1.Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.
And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest.
- Num. xxxi. 12.
2.That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.
The old lion perisheth for lack of prey.
- Job iv. ii.
Already sees herself the monster's prey.
- Dryden.
3.The act of devouring other creatures; ravage.
Hog in sloth, fox in stealth, . . . lion in prey.
- Shak.
Beast of prey
a carnivorous animal; one that feeds on the flesh of other animals.
v. i.1.To take booty; to gather spoil; to ravage; to take food by violence.
[imp. & p. p. Preyed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Preying.]
More pity that the eagle should be mewed,
While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
- Shak.
To prey on
a - To take prey from; to despoil; to pillage; to rob
b - To seize as prey; to take for food by violence; to seize and devour.
- Shak.
c - To wear away gradually; to cause to waste or pine away; as, the trouble preyed upon his mind.
- Shak.

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