verb (used without object)
Origin of prey
Examples from the Web for prey
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
verb (intr; often foll by on or upon)
Word Origin for prey
mid-13c., "animal hunted for food," also "that which is taken in war," from Old French preie "booty, animal taken in the chase" (mid-12c., Modern French proie), from Latin praeda "booty, plunder, game hunted," earlier praeheda, related to prehendere "to grasp, seize" (see prehensile).
c.1300, "to plunder, pillage, ravage," from prey (n.) and in part from Old French preer, earlier preder (c.1040), from Late Latin praedare, from praeda (see prey (n.)). Its sense of "to kill and devour" is attested from mid-14c. Related: Preyed; preying.