- 1 (also prize) to use force to separate something from something else pry something + adv./prep. He pried her fingers from the bag and took it from her. pry something + adj. She used a knife to pry open the lid.
- 2[intransitive] pry (into something) to try to find out information about other people's private lives in a way that is annoying or rude I'm sick of you prying into my personal life! I'm sorry. I didn't mean to pry. She tried to keep the children away from the prying eyes of the world's media. Phrasal Verbspry somethingout (of somebody)
NAmE//praɪ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pry
he / she / it pries
past simple pried
-ing form prying