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Stealthy MovementPlay
'Prowl' implies moving quietly and carefully to avoid being seen or heard, often by a predator. SlideThe lioness prowled through the tall grass, unseen by her prey.
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Intent to FindPlay
When 'prowling,' one is usually searching for something specific, like an animal looking for food. SlideShe prowled the library, looking for the rare book.
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Quiet SurveillancePlay
'Prowl' can be used to describe someone observing an area without wanting to be noticed. SlideHe prowled around the party, listening in on conversations.