Does 'prowl' mean the same as 'move around'?

  • He prowled the street at night.
  • He moved around the street at night.

Do these two sentences have the same meaning?

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    I'm sorry, but just about every dictionary I checked explained this pretty clearly. If you already looked this word up in a dictionary, and are still confused for some reason, then, please, paste the definition here, and explain in more detail why you are still confused.
    – J.R.
    Aug 30, 2015 at 2:07
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    All right... I get the meaning of 'prowl' in a dictionary, but it's hard to catch the difference in its connotation like move around and prowl because English is not my native language. So I don't think it's just a matter of checking it in a dictionary or not.
    – Akihiro
    Aug 30, 2015 at 2:55
  • I checked 'word-difference' and found tons of questions like my questions ( what's the difference between ... kind of questions ) Why is only my question banned???
    – Akihiro
    Aug 30, 2015 at 4:27
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    @Akihiro, if you post what you found, we know what you understood and can answer accordingly. And no, putting questions on hold that dont do so is standard procedure - you didn't find them because they often are deleted after a short time. You are very welcome to edit your post and ask for a better/different explanation than what your dictionary gave you. Compare this and this.
    – Stephie
    Aug 30, 2015 at 5:41
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    @Akihiro, yes the best way to handle this now is to go to a dictionary, and look up prowl. Then, if that hasn't answered your question, do two things: (1) Paste that definition into this question, so that everyone knows you have researched this, and (2) explain why that definition doesn't answer your question (in other words, say why you are still confused, or why you need more clarification than the dictionary provides). Do those two things, and this will become a model question instead of an on-hold question. If you ask your future questions in that same way, you'll earn more rep faster.
    – J.R.
    Aug 30, 2015 at 7:58

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Prowl is typically used of animals moving about seeking prey, so to say somebody "prowled the streets" implies that he moved about stealthily, keeping to the shadows and seeking some target—perhaps for nefarious purposes.

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