hunt·​ing ˈhən-tiŋ How to pronounce hunting (audio)
: the act of one that hunts
specifically : the pursuit of game
: the process of hunting
: a periodic variation in speed of a synchronous electrical machine
: a self-induced and undesirable oscillation of a variable above and below the desired value in an automatic control system
: a continuous attempt by an automatically controlled system to find a desired equilibrium condition

Examples of hunting in a Sentence

His hobbies include hunting and fishing. The law prohibits the hunting of migratory birds. She likes to go hunting.
Recent Examples on the Web The contours of the island were also seen as prime ground for hunting, and 18 mule deer from California forests were introduced nearly a century ago. Soumya Karlamangla Sinna Nasseri, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2023 As part of the shift toward big game hunting tactics, threat actors are increasingly targeting third-party vendors. Vishaal Hariprasad, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Everybody who hunts and fishes is an ambassador for hunting and fishing. Andrew McKean, Outdoor Life, 30 Nov. 2023 Those hunting in marine environments may come across any number of sea-faring divers, such as common eiders or the scoters, which include surf, white-winged, and black scoters. M.d. Johnson, Field & Stream, 30 Nov. 2023 Unfortunately, these marvelous creatures became extinct over 10,000 years ago, primarily due to habitat loss and hunting. Donna Sarkar, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 The rest of their time was spent in a hunting lodge at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 Travelers may also get a glimpse of the culture of the Indigenous Sámi people; the park features old housing and hunting grounds. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 15 Nov. 2023 The animals have been blamed for causing at least $100 million in property damage in Texas, where legislation allows hog hunting from hot air balloons. CBS News, 22 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of hunting was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hunting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: the action of one that hunts
especially : the chasing of game
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