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prey

[ prey ]
/ preɪ /
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noun
verb (used without object)
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Origin of prey

1200–50; Middle English preye<Old French <Latin praeda booty, prey; akin to prehendere to grasp, seize (see prehension)

OTHER WORDS FROM prey

preyer, nounun·prey·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prey

pray, prayer, prey
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British Dictionary definitions for prey

prey
/ (preɪ) /

noun
verb (intr; often foll by on or upon)

Derived forms of prey

preyer, noun

Word Origin for prey

C13: from Old French preie, from Latin praeda booty; see predatory
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