[ pri-dey-shuh n ]
/ prɪˈdeɪ ʃən /


depredation; plundering.
act of plundering or robbing.
predatory behavior.
a relation between animals in which one organism captures and feeds on others.

Nearby words

  1. precycle,
  2. pred.,
  3. predacious,
  4. predacity,
  5. predate,
  6. predation pressure,
  7. predatism,
  8. predator,
  9. predatory,
  10. predatory pricing

Origin of predation

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin praedātiōn- (stem of praedātiō) a taking of booty, plundering, equivalent to praedāt(us), past participle of praedārī to plunder, catch (see predator) + -iōn- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for predation


/ (prɪˈdeɪʃən) /


a relationship between two species of animal in a community, in which one (the predator) hunts, kills, and eats the other (the prey)
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Word Origin and History for predation



late 15c., "act of plundering or pillaging," from Latin praedationem (nominative praedatio) "a plundering, act of taking booty," from praedari "to rob, to plunder," from praeda "plunder, booty, prey" (see prey (n.)). Zoological sense recorded from 1907.

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