WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pry1 /praɪ/USA pronunciation   v. [no object],pried, pry•ing. 
  1. to ask rude or impolite questions about something private;
    to investigate or try to find out about something private.

pry2 /praɪ/USA pronunciation   v., pried, pry•ing, n., pl. pries. 

v. [+ object]
  1. Buildingto move, raise, or open, with or as if with a tool like a lever:pried off the lid of the jar.
  2. to obtain or get (something) with difficulty:to pry a secret out of someone.

n. [countable]
  1. Buildinga tool for prying.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pry1  (prī), 
v., pried, pry•ing, n., pl. pries. 

v.i. 
  1. to inquire impertinently or unnecessarily into something:to pry into the personal affairs of others.
  2. to look closely or curiously;
    peer;
    peep.

n. 
  1. an impertinently inquisitive person.
  2. an act of prying.
Etymology:
  • ?
  • Middle English pryen, prien 1275–1325

pry2  (prī), 
v., pried, pry•ing, n., pl. pries. 

v.t. 
  1. Buildingto move, raise, or open by leverage.
  2. to get, separate, or ferret out with difficulty:to pry a secret out of someone; We finally pried them away from the TV.

n. 
  1. Buildinga tool, as a crowbar, for raising, moving, or opening something by leverage.
  2. the leverage exerted.
Etymology:
  • back formation from prize3, taken as a plural noun, nominal or 3rd pers. singular verb 1800–10


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

pry /praɪ/ vb (pries, prying, pried)
  1. (intransitive) often followed by into: to make an impertinent or uninvited inquiry (about a private matter, topic, etc)
n ( pl pries)
  1. the act of prying
  2. a person who pries
Etymology: 14th Century: of unknown origin
pry /praɪ/ vb (pries, prying, pried)
  1. US Canadian to extract or obtain with difficulty: they had to pry the news out of him

Equivalent term (in Britain and other countries): prise Etymology: 14th Century: of unknown origin



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