[ pred-uh-ter, -tawr ]
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  1. Zoology. any organism that exists by preying upon other organisms: Cats are carnivorous predators.

  2. a person or group that plunders, pillages, or robs, as in war: The Vikings were barbarian predators.

  1. a person, group, or business that exploits, victimizes, or preys on others: a sexual predator who targets children;corporate predators who go after smaller rivals.

  2. an overbearing, greedy or selfish person.

Origin of predator

First recorded in 1580–90; from Latin praedātor “plunderer, pillager,” equivalent to praedā(rī) “to plunder, pillage” (derivative of praeda “booty, plunder”) + -tor, agent noun suffix; see origin at prey, -tor

Other words from predator

  • an·ti·pred·a·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use predator in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for predator


/ (ˈprɛdətə) /

  1. any carnivorous animal

  2. a predatory person or thing

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Scientific definitions for predator


[ prĕdə-tər ]

  1. An animal that lives by capturing and eating other animals.

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