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hunt

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verb \ ˈhənt \

Definition of hunt

transitive verb
1 a :to pursue for food or in sport
  • hunt buffalo
b :to manage in the search for game
  • hunts a pack of dogs
2 a :to pursue with intent to capture
  • hunted the escapees
b :to search out :seek
3 :to drive or chase especially by harrying
  • members … were hunted from their homes
  • —J. T. Adams
4 :to traverse in search of prey
  • hunts the woods
intransitive verb
1 :to take part in a hunt
2 :to attempt to find something
3 :to oscillate alternately to each side (as of a neutral point) or to run alternately faster and slower used especially of a device or machine

Examples of hunt in a Sentence

  1. The wolf was hunting its prey.

  2. These birds have been hunted almost to extinction.

  3. a gun used for hunting squirrels

  4. He likes to hunt and fish.

  5. She hunted around in the closet for a pair of shoes.

  6. Police hunted the escaped prisoners through several states.

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Origin and Etymology of hunt

Middle English, from Old English huntian; akin to Old English hentan to seize

hunt Synonyms

Synonyms
chase, stalk
Related Words
capture, drag, net, snare, trap; dog, ferret, hawk, hound; course, pursue, run, run down, spoor, track, trail; gun (for), harpoon, kill, shoot; poach; cull
Near Antonyms
hide, lose; ignore, neglect

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hunt

noun

Definition of hunt

1 :the act, the practice, or an instance of hunting
2 :a group of mounted hunters and their hunting dogs

Examples of hunt in a Sentence

  1. They went on a hunt.

  2. We finally found a good restaurant after a long hunt.

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First Known Use of hunt

14th century

hunt Synonyms


Hunt

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biographical name \ ˈhənt \

Definition of Hunt

(James Henry) Leigh 1784–1859 English writer

Hunt

biographical name

Definition of Hunt

Sir R(ichard) Timothy 1943–     British molecular biologist

Hunt

biographical name

Definition of Hunt

(William) Hol*man play \ˈhōl-mən\ 1827–1910 English painter


HUNT Defined for English Language Learners

hunt

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verb

Definition of hunt for English Language Learners

  • : to chase and kill (wild animals) for food or pleasure

  • : to search for something or someone very carefully and thoroughly


hunt

noun

Definition of hunt for English Language Learners

  • : an occasion when people hunt wild animals

  • : an act of searching for something or someone

  • : a group of people who hunt foxes together


HUNT Defined for Kids

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hunt

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verb \ ˈhənt \

Definition of hunt for Students

hunted; hunting
1 :to chase after in order to capture or kill
  • hunt deer
2 :to try to find
  • I hunted for my key.

hunting

noun

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hunt

noun

Definition of hunt for Students

1 :an instance or the practice of chasing to capture or kill
2 :an act of searching


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