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When I was building the Vietnam Memorial, I never once asked the veterans what it was like in the war, because from my point of view, you don't pry into other people's business.
Maya Lin

Meaning of "pry" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PRY

Of unknown origin.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PRY

pry  [praɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PRY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Pry is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb pry in English.

WHAT DOES PRY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of pry in the English dictionary

The first definition of pry in the dictionary is often foll by into to make an impertinent or uninvited inquiry. Other definition of pry is the act of prying. Pry is also a person who pries.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO PRY

PRESENT

Present
I pry
you pry
he/she/it pries
we pry
you pry
they pry
Present continuous
I am prying
you are prying
he/she/it is prying
we are prying
you are prying
they are prying
Present perfect
I have pried
you have pried
he/she/it has pried
we have pried
you have pried
they have pried
Present perfect continuous
I have been prying
you have been prying
he/she/it has been prying
we have been prying
you have been prying
they have been prying
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I pried
you pried
he/she/it pried
we pried
you pried
they pried
Past continuous
I was prying
you were prying
he/she/it was prying
we were prying
you were prying
they were prying
Past perfect
I had pried
you had pried
he/she/it had pried
we had pried
you had pried
they had pried
Past perfect continuous
I had been prying
you had been prying
he/she/it had been prying
we had been prying
you had been prying
they had been prying
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will pry
you will pry
he/she/it will pry
we will pry
you will pry
they will pry
Future continuous
I will be prying
you will be prying
he/she/it will be prying
we will be prying
you will be prying
they will be prying
Future perfect
I will have pried
you will have pried
he/she/it will have pried
we will have pried
you will have pried
they will have pried
Future perfect continuous
I will have been prying
you will have been prying
he/she/it will have been prying
we will have been prying
you will have been prying
they will have been prying
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would pry
you would pry
he/she/it would pry
we would pry
you would pry
they would pry
Conditional continuous
I would be prying
you would be prying
he/she/it would be prying
we would be prying
you would be prying
they would be prying
Conditional perfect
I would have pry
you would have pry
he/she/it would have pry
we would have pry
you would have pry
they would have pry
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been prying
you would have been prying
he/she/it would have been prying
we would have been prying
you would have been prying
they would have been prying
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you pry
we let´s pry
you pry
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to pry
Past participle
pried
Present Participle
prying
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PRY


awry
əˈraɪ
braai
braɪ
cry
kraɪ
dry
draɪ
fry
fraɪ
Madurai
ˈmædjʊˌraɪ
medium-dry
ˌmiːdɪəmˈdraɪ
outcry
ˈaʊtˌkraɪ
pylori
paɪˈlɔːraɪ
rai
raɪ
retry
riːˈtraɪ
rye
raɪ
samurai
ˈsæmʊˌraɪ
serai
sɛˈraɪ
sori
ˈsɔːraɪ
spry
spraɪ
stir-fry
ˈstɜːˈfraɪ
tori
ˈtɔːraɪ
try
traɪ
wry
raɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PRY

prusik loop
Prussia
Prussian
Prussian blue
Prussianisation
Prussianise
Prussianism
Prussianization
Prussianize
prussiate
prussic acid
Prut
prutah
PRW
pryer
prying
pryingly
Prynne
prytanea
prytaneum

WORDS THAT END LIKE PRY

a far cry
angry
anniversary
battery
blackberry
carry
category
celery
century
cherry
contemporary
country
delivery
diary
dictionary
directory
discovery
elementary
entry
every

Synonyms and antonyms of pry in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PRY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «pry» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of pry
interfere · intrude · meddle · peep · peer · poke · snoop

Translation of «pry» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PRY

Find out the translation of pry to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of pry from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «pry» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

窥探
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

curiosear
570 millions of speakers

English

pry
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जिज्ञासा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَبْحَثُ عَنَ الَأسْرار
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

выведывать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

intrometer-se
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কিছুর মধ্যে উঁকি মারা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

s’immiscer
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pry
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

neugierig sein
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

詮索する
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

캐다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pry
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thọc mạch
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

துருவிப்பார்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

Pry
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

gözetlemek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

spiare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

wtrącić się
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

втручатися
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a iscodi
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ψαχουλεύω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

loer
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

snoka
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

snoke
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of pry

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PRY»

The term «pry» is very widely used and occupies the 15.028 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PRY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about pry

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10 QUOTES WITH «PRY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word pry.
1
John Byrne
I have no interest in anybody's life that way so it defeats me why people go to that length to pry.
2
Walker Evans
Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.
3
Colin Farrell
I love the grandiosity, how sweepingly entertaining films can be. And I think there's a place for films that pry more into the human condition.
4
John M. Ford
There are readers who want every point to be clearly and unambiguously set forth, and there are those who want to pry ideas and meanings out for themselves.
5
Maya Lin
When I was building the Vietnam Memorial, I never once asked the veterans what it was like in the war, because from my point of view, you don't pry into other people's business.
6
Philipp Meyer
I like mechanical things; my first book was a mechanics guide - that was what my parents couldn't pry away from me; that was the blanket.
7
Frank Ocean
As a writer, as a creator, I'm giving you my experiences. But just take what I give you. You ain't got to pry beyond that.
8
Marvin Olasky
On sensitive issues, talk isn't cheap - it takes real courage to pry open topics nailed shut.
9
Lynda Resnick
If art means as much to you as it does to me, or even if you're just exploring the art world for the first time, I invite you to turn off the boob tube, pry the Wii controllers from your kids' hands, and drag them to a museum.
10
Dick York
I'd managed to bite a very large hole in the side of my tongue before they could pry my teeth apart. By all evidence, and there's no denying it, that thing I had on the set was a fit.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PRY»

Discover the use of pry in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to pry and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
War Scare: Russia and America on the Nuclear Brink
A chilling exploration of the still-present possibility of nuclear war between the United States and Russia examines the unrealistic shortcomings of current American policy toward Russia, showing the dangerous nature of the current ...
Peter Vincent Pry, 1999
2
Forecasting and Management of Technology
This decision is made because the Fisher-Pry model (see Exhibit 4.4) often employed is felt to overestimate takeover rate when only very early data points are used (Sharif and Kabir, 1976). Lenz (1985), however, notes that the most crucial ...
‎1991
3
Paul Pry, etc
Donn. Plague take the Green Dragon. How did you discover that they are not on board wages ? . PRY. I was curious to know, and asked one of them. You know I never miss anything for want of asking, 'tis no fault of mine the nabob is not here.
John POOLE (Dramatist.), 1865
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The Adventures of Paul Pry
Paul Pry, one of Gardner's least-known and strangest characters is showcased for the first time.
Erle Stanley Gardner, 2000
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Paul Pry [a Farcical Comedy in Two Acts]
Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
Douglas William Jerrold, 2012
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From the Ballot to the Blackboard: The Redistributive ...
PRYARG COL PER URY PRY COL PER ARG PER PER URY URY URY URY KOR COL ARGPRY PER PRY PER COL ARG MYS MYS SGP KOR KOR MYS SGP KOR MYS SGP KOR SGP MYSSGP KOR MYS SGP KOR MYS MYS KOR ...
Ben W. Ansell, 2010
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Canoeing
It's a powerful, deep-water stroke because you use the canoe as leverage and " pry" the paddle off the gunwale. It moves a solo canoe sideways in an offside sideslip, while tandem canoeists use prys to pivot a canoe in an offside spin.
Laurie Gullion, 1994
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Tait's Edinburgh Magazine
PRY. Now, Mr Chairman, ask to see any thine y°u ,ilte i — keep your eyes fixed intently on the flaming censer — what is it ? CHAIRMAN. The Treasury Bench, next April ! PRY. What do you see ? CHAIRMAN. Hurra I hurra ! — I see Lord John, ...
William Tait, Mrs. Christian Isobel Johnstone, 1835
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Paul Pry's Journal of a Residence at Little Pedlington
John Poole. In one large vol. 8vo. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF CAPTAIN MARRYATT. CONTAINING Peter Simple, Japhet in Search of his Father, Jacob Faithful, Pacha of Many Tales, King's Own, Newton Foster, Naval Officer, Pirate and ...
John Poole, 1836
10
All the Year Round
the prisoner, I believe. Are you not, Mr. Leth waite? Witness. Yes, I am proud to say I am. Mr. Pry. Just so. You would be glad, no doubt, to say what might exercise a favourable influence on her case ? This question was at oiicc objected to on ...
‎1865

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PRY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term pry is used in the context of the following news items.
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Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Sean O'Pry and Andres Velencoso Star in …
TORONTO, July 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Joe Fresh today announced their Fall 2015 campaign featuring Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Sean O'Pry and Andres ... «PR Newswire, Jul 15»
2
Electromagnetic attack could claim 9 of 10 American lives
It's from Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, who served on several congressional commissions ... «The Daily Advertiser, Jul 15»
3
Ouch, Pry Bar Used To Stop Man's Snoring
Elizabeth Hogrefe was arrested in Lincoln Monday morning for assaulting her boyfriend with a steel pry bar because he was snoring and woke her up. Hogrefe ... «WOWT, May 15»
4
Pry Is The Coolest Game I've Played In A While
Released earlier this year, Pry is a look at the life of a soldier who is wrestling with demons. I'd go so far as to say that it's the best look at PTSD in gaming, and ... «Kotaku, May 15»
5
Power Grid EMP Attack Warnings Issued By Security Experts
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry and Henry F. Cooper believe the North American Aerospace Defense Command has abruptly decided to return to its Cold War era home ... «The Inquisitr, May 15»
6
Experts: Obama Leaves US Exposed to EMP Strike by North Korea …
write Henry F. Cooper and Peter Vincent Pry. "Because the enormous bunker in the hollowed-out mountain, built to survive a Cold War-era nuclear conflict, can ... «Newsmax, May 15»
7
Police: Owner used metal bar to pry pit bull off of 8-year-old girl
—Police say a pit bull was so vicious during its attack on an 8-year-old girl Friday night that its owner had to pry that dog's jaws open with a metal bar. «WTAE Pittsburgh, May 15»
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Pa. doctor who beat son-in-law with pry bar apologizes, gets early …
Cleveland.com reports 68-year-old Georges Bensimhon of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was freed Monday after serving 10 months of his three-year sentence for ... «PennLive.com, Apr 15»
9
Taylor Swift's music video co-star Sean O'Pry poses with girlfriend …
Jessica McNamee and Sean O'Pry certainly made one hot couple when they arrived at Colcci's Farewell Party for model Gisele Bundchen during Sao Paulo ... «Daily Mail, Apr 15»
10
IN PHOTOS: Supermodel Sean O'Pry smolders on PH runway for …
MANILA, Philippines – All eyes were on supermodel Sean O'Pry Saturday night, April 11 at the Penshoppe Denimlab Fashion Show. Sean, along with other ... «Rappler, Apr 15»

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