[ pri-dey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for predation on
  1. depredation; plundering.

  2. act of plundering or robbing.

  1. predatory behavior.

  2. a relation between animals in which one organism captures and feeds on others.

Origin of predation

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Latin praedātiōn-, stem of praedātiō “a plundering,” from praedāt(us) “plundered” (past participle of praedārī “to plunder, pillage”; see predator) + -iō -ion

Words Nearby predation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use predation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for predation


/ (prɪˈdeɪʃən) /

  1. 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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