\ ˈhənt How to pronounce hunt (audio) \
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



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


biographical name (1)
\ ˈhənt How to pronounce Hunt (audio) \

Definition of Hunt (Entry 3 of 5)

(James Henry) Leigh 1784–1859 English writer


biographical name (2)

Definition of Hunt (Entry 4 of 5)

Sir R(ichard) Timothy 1943–     British molecular biologist


biographical name (3)

Definition of Hunt (Entry 5 of 5)

(William) Hol*man \ ˈhōl-​mən How to pronounce Hunt (audio) \ 1827–1910 English painter

Synonyms for hunt

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 But yeah, for you PvP players, most of these are going to be great to hunt down. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 What made the critical difference was the turkey industry’s decision to take it upon itself to hunt down the virulent strain. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, 29 Dec. 2021 The brilliance of Spielberg’s true-life drama about Mossad’s covert operation to hunt down the Palestinians responsible for the killing of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics lies in its staging as a series of spy-hunter action sequences. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 This is going to be another tough matchup for the Bears offensive line because San Francisco has guys that can hunt down the quarterback. Brad Biggs,, 30 Oct. 2021 The archetypal example is the lynch mob, in which a group of enraged whites in the segregationist South would hunt down a Black man and exact extralegal punishment, for crimes real or imagined, with a noose. Damon Linker, The Week, 15 Dec. 2021 That’s it, just a different color, but people go wild to hunt shinies in that game for no other real reason than they’re…shiny. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 But the Maremma is here to protect the marsupial, not hunt it. Anthony Ham, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2021 Older people in Teller still remembered which drainages each village was supposed to hunt in, and encouraged young people to go out and maintain the claims. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But then there’s Calgary, still in the wild card hunt. Globe Staff,, 20 Jan. 2022 When the bodies of young people start showing up across the country, an angsty woman finds herself on the hunt for a serial killer acting out a very ancient revenge. John Hopewell, Variety, 20 Jan. 2022 Similar to the quarterback position in landing Ole Miss quarterback Joh Rhys Plumlee from the transfer portal, Malzahn and offensive line coach Herb Hand went on a hunt to find someone who could contribute right away. Jason Beede,, 12 Jan. 2022 About two-thirds of the class went on the hunt; the rest had other commitments, and no students or parents raised objections, Mr. Bjorkman said. New York Times, 10 Jan. 2022 For shoppers on the hunt for a new way to relax at home and get relief for sore muscles, check out this pick from Comfytemp at Amazon for under $50., 8 Jan. 2022 Those on the hunt for a new home often have a lengthy list of considerations, including number of bathrooms, size of the backyard, school district and proximity to work. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 With the new year here, the style-loving crowd is on the hunt for 2022’s emerging fashion talent. Frances Solá-santiago,, 4 Jan. 2022 Checking daily at different times worked for Jamie Watkins of Morristown, Tennessee, when her 16-year-old son was on the hunt for an Xbox Series X. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 13 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of hunt


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hunt


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

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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



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


\ ˈhənt How to pronounce hunt (audio) \
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



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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