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Definition of predator noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    predator

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈpredətə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredətər//
     
    [countable, uncountable]
     
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  1. 1an animal that kills and eats other animals Some animals have no natural predators. the relationship between predator and prey
  2. 2(disapproving) a person or an organization that uses weaker people for their own advantage to protect domestic industry from foreign predators
  3. Word Origin 1920s: from Latin praedator ‘plunderer’, from praedat- ‘seized as plunder’, from the verb praedari ‘seize as plunder’, from praeda ‘booty’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: predator