- (transitive) To eat (as prey).
- Owls prey on small mammals, such as mice.
- (transitive, figuratively) To exploit or victimize.
- 2013 January 22, Phil McNulty, “Aston Villa 2-1 Bradford (3-4)”, in BBC:
- Bradford had preyed on Villa's inability to defend set pieces, corners in particular, in their first-leg win and took advantage of the weakness again as Hanson equalised to restore their two-goal aggregate lead.
- (transitive, figuratively) To weigh heavily upon (a person's mind).
to exploit or victimize