Definition of prey verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

prey

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//preɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//preɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prey
BrE BrE//preɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//preɪ//
 
he / she / it preys
BrE BrE//preɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//preɪz//
 
past simple preyed
BrE BrE//preɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//preɪd//
 
past participle preyed
BrE BrE//preɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//preɪd//
 
-ing form preying
BrE BrE//ˈpreɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreɪɪŋ//
 
 
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Word Origin Middle English (also denoting plunder taken in war): the noun from Old French preie, from Latin praeda ‘booty’, the verb from Old French preier, based on Latin praedari ‘seize as plunder’, from praeda.Idioms
prey on somebody’s mind
 
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(of a thought, problem, etc.) to make somebody think and worry about it all the time The thought that he could have helped more preyed on his mind.
Phrasal Verbsprey on somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prey