Prey(?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Preyed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Preying.] [OF. preier, preer, L. praedari, fr. praeda. See Prey, n.] To take booty; to gather spoil; to ravage; to take food by violence.
More pity that the eagle should be mewed,Shak.
While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.
To prey on
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.
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