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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 prey /ˈpre/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Prey n.  Anything, as goods, etc., taken or got by violence; anything taken by force from an enemy in war; spoil; booty; plunder.
    And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest.   --Num. xxxi. 12.
 2. That which is or may be seized by animals or birds to be devoured; hence, a person given up as a victim.
    The old lion perisheth for lack of prey.   --Job iv. ii.
    Already sees herself the monster's prey.   --Dryden.
 3. The act of devouring other creatures; ravage.
    Hog in sloth, fox in stealth, . . . lion in prey.   --Shak.
 Beast of prey, a carnivorous animal; one that feeds on the flesh of other animals.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Prey v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preyed p. pr. & vb. n. Preying.]  To take booty; to gather spoil; to ravage; to take food by violence.
 More pity that the eagle should be mewed,
 While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.   --Shak.
 To prey on or To prey upon. (a) To take prey from; to despoil; to pillage; to rob. --Shak. (b) To seize as prey; to take for food by violence; to seize and devour. --Shak. (c) To wear away gradually; to cause to waste or pine away; as, the trouble preyed upon his mind.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of
           ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or
           influence; "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair
           game"; "the target of a manhunt" [syn: quarry, target,
            fair game]
      2: animal hunted or caught for food [syn: quarry]
      v 1: profit from in an exploitatory manner; "He feeds on her
           insecurity" [syn: feed]
      2: prey on or hunt for; "These mammals predate certain eggs"
         [syn: raven, predate]