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predator

Syllabification: pred·a·tor
Pronunciation: /ˈpredədər
 
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Definition of predator in English:

noun

1An animal that naturally preys on others: wolves are major predators of rodents
More example sentences
  • Common predators of house sparrows include cats and other mammalian predators, birds of prey, and owls.
  • Bluntnose minnows serve an important role as prey for larger animals and as a predator on insect larvae.
  • They are also preyed upon by mammalian predators such as cats, and by snakes such as boas and anacondas.
2A person or group that ruthlessly exploits others: a website frequented by sexual predators
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  • Women in those situations are particularly vulnerable to a predator and a manipulator like Ben.
  • Psychologists have built up a detailed picture of how sexual predators operate on their child victims.
  • It's the reality that I had to face 20 years ago that there were sexual predators and child molesters out there.
2.1A company that tries to take over another.
Example sentences
  • It is a decent management team and it might be in the predators' interests to keep the team sweet prior to a bidding war.
  • That could make the business attractive to a larger predator who could integrate head office functions and justify a higher price.
  • It still could attract interest from overseas predators but it is far more likely in the short term that Harley will be forced to fall on his sword.

Origin

1920s: from Latin praedator 'plunderer', from praedat- 'seized as plunder', from the verb praedari (see predation).

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