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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyprey on
he/she/itpreys on
present participlepreying on
past tensepreyed on
past participlepreyed on

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or prey upon

  1. 1
    prey on/upon something to hunt another creature in order to eat it
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  2. 2
    prey on/upon someone to harm someone who is weak or cannot defend themselves
    The gang has been preying on foreign tourists.
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