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Definition of pry verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pry
    he / she / it pries
    past simple pried
    -ing form prying
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Phrasal Verbspry somethingout (of somebody)
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