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verb American English pronunciation: pry /praɪ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theypry
he/she/itpries
present participleprying
past tensepried
past participlepried

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to be interested in someone's personal life in a way that is annoying or offensive

    I just glanced at the letter; I didn't mean to pry.

    pry into:

    The press continues to pry into their affairs.

    prying eyes (=people who pry):

    They couldn't conceal the information from prying eyes.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to force something open or away from something
    pry something open/off/away etc.:

    Try prying the lid off with a spoon.

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