\ ˈhənt How to pronounce hunt (audio) \
hunted; hunting; hunts

Definition of hunt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kraven had a unique ability to stalk and hunt with regular tools before he became obsessed with killing bigger prey with his bare hands, Variety reported of the character. Jen Juneau,, 9 May 2022 Where to go: There are a number of regions throughout Italy—Piedmont and Tuscany, but also Umbria, Lombardy, Liguria, Veneto, and others—where travelers can hunt for truffles, with the types of funghi available varying by season. Tyler Zielinski, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Nov. 2021 Not content with banning transgender girls and young women from playing sports, Ohio House Republicans are encouraging people to hunt them down. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 4 June 2022 Darth Vader finds out that Obi-Wan is on a mining planet and Vader goes there to hunt him down. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 2 June 2022 With their extra time, the sisters went to hunt them down at Tops market. New York Times, 28 May 2022 She’s the one who can traverse between universes, and someone will hunt her. Chris Smith, BGR, 26 Apr. 2022 Sure, there are enemies, but they are spread out and won’t often come hunt you down out of nowhere. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Pill supplies were initially very limited, doctors had to hunt them down at pharmacies hours away or put the burden on sick patients to find the drugs themselves. NBC News, 23 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What was the experience like filming with our crew during your house hunt? Fox News, 11 June 2022 These feelings are normal, and everyone goes through them during their job hunt. Michelle Perchuk, Forbes, 6 June 2022 By Lap 17, with the polesitter Josef Newgarden still out near the end of his opening red tire stint, Rossi overtook him to move into 5th-place to seriously begin his hunt of Power. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 5 June 2022 In the survey of 2,000 people released this week, Zillow also found that 61% of millennial home buyers and more than 65% of Gen Z home buyers were brought to tears during their house hunt. Kira Bindrim, Quartz, 3 June 2022 Your hunt for the perfect summer ride might be over. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 June 2022 This week, conservationists have been busier than usual in their hunt for dead and injured birds as millions of birds flew across Chicagoland in what experts said was one of the biggest migration movements of the season. Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 While not everything works out in life, Davis felt confident his hunt in West Virginia, his final state, would. Brian Broom, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 In its hunt to replace Russian energy imports, Europe has found a new best friend: Qatar, the small Middle Eastern country that is rich in natural gas. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for hunt


\ 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

Hunt biographical name (1)

\ ˈhənt How to pronounce Hunt (audio) \

Definition of Hunt

 (Entry 1 of 3)

(James Henry) Leigh 1784–1859 English writer


biographical name (2)

Definition of Hunt (Entry 2 of 3)

Sir R(ichard) Timothy 1943–     British molecular biologist


biographical name (3)

Definition of Hunt (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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