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Definition of prey verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prey
he / she / it preys
past simple preyed
-ing form preying
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prey on somebody's mind
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(of a thought, problem, etc.) to make someone think and worry about it all the time The thought that he could have helped more preyed on his mind.
Phrasal Verbsprey on/upon somebody/something
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