hunt

verb
\ ˈhənt \
hunted; hunting; hunts

Definition of hunt

 (Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to pursue for food or in sport hunt buffalo
b : to manage in the search for game hunts a pack of dogs
2a : 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

hunt

noun

Definition of hunt (Entry 2 of 5)

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

Hunt

biographical name (1)
\ ˈhənt \

Definition of Hunt (Entry 3 of 5)

(James Henry) Leigh 1784–1859 English writer

Hunt

biographical name (2)

Definition of Hunt (Entry 4 of 5)

Sir R(ichard) Timothy 1943–     British molecular biologist

Hunt

biographical name (3)

Definition of Hunt (Entry 5 of 5)

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

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Synonyms for hunt

Synonyms: Verb

chase, stalk

Synonyms: Noun

quest, search

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Examples of hunt in a Sentence

Verb

The wolf was hunting its prey. These birds have been hunted almost to extinction. a gun used for hunting squirrels He likes to hunt and fish. She hunted around in the closet for a pair of shoes. Police hunted the escaped prisoners through several states.

Noun

They went on a hunt. We finally found a good restaurant after a long hunt.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

During the 1930s, the authors write, approximately 50,000 fin, humpback, and blue whales were hunted. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Whales are stressed out by climate change, and it shows in their earwax," 16 Nov. 2018 Right whales were nearly hunted to extinction by whalers in the 19th century, and the population has not rebounded like many other whale species. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Limiting Noisier Activities to Protect an Endangered Whale," 15 Nov. 2018 The predators hunt grubs, aphids, and houseflies — other pests that annoy at outdoor dinners and in your garden. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wasp-Proof Your Backyard This Summer," 26 July 2018 But soon after, authorities say Carter — with a pot of hot grease in one hand and bleach and a butcher knife in the other — hunted down Henderson. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "DeKalb woman convicted of throwing hot grease in victim’s face," 13 July 2018 Worse, humans also hunt the animals — deer, badgers and hares — that wild Amur feed on. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 Villagers hunted and killed the 25-foot python Friday that swallowed 54-year-old Wa Tiba. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "A woman in Indonesia went to check her corn — and was swallowed by a 25-foot python," 16 June 2018 Freel hunts bears on state land, not the federal preserves where the state and federal governments share responsibility. NBC News, "The fight over Alaska's hunting rules runs deeper than using doughnuts to bait bears," 14 June 2018 For this fateful possession, James hunted down Stephen Curry—his mismatch of choice for a great many reasons. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "LeBron James Made the Right Play And It Cost the Cavs Game 1," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Back in 2017, it was reported that Prince Harry had skipped the hunt for Meghan when they were engaged. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Reportedly Waited Until Meghan Markle Left Sandringham Before Joining the Royal Family Hunt," 31 Dec. 2018 As the hunt for exoplanet candidates that support life continues to heat up, PHAZER will have more chances to be useful. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "We're Recreating Alien Atmospheres on Earth To Search for Life Beyond the Solar System," 20 Dec. 2018 Brought up in both a traditional and contemporary way of life, Eben takes part in the community spring and fall food gathering, including whaling hunts alongside his community. Maka Monture, Teen Vogue, "The Arctic Youth Ambassadors Program Is Bringing Awareness to Environmental and Community Issues in Alaska," 24 Sep. 2018 Avoid using your employer’s phone, email or computer to job-hunt. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Smart Ways to Switch Jobs Quietly," 26 June 2018 Macy’s is going all-in on the treasure-hunt style of shopping, hoping that deal-seeking shoppers will help its bottom line. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Macy’s hopes Backstage will put it back in the spotlight," 17 Mar. 2018 Arizona's elk population today stands at about 45,000 post-hunt adults, according to the Game and Fish Department. Angel Mendoza, azcentral, "Arizona partnership brings elk to West Virginia for the first time in more than 150 years," 11 Mar. 2018 Another 30 percent came from cooperating to deal with the environment, such as banding together to hunt. Washington Post, "Study offers new look at why our brains evolved to be so big," 23 May 2018 Every year they are issued with a quota of animals of each species they are allowed to hunt. National Geographic, "Meet the Man Who Knew Cecil the Lion Best," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hunt

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hunt

Verb

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

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hunt

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: to search for something or someone very carefully and thoroughly

hunt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hunt (Entry 2 of 2)

: an occasion when people hunt wild animals

: an act of searching for something or someone

: a group of people who hunt foxes together

hunt

verb
\ ˈhənt \
hunted; hunting

Kids Definition of hunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from hunt

hunting noun

hunt

noun

Kids Definition of hunt (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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