hunt

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verb

hunted; hunting; hunts

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

hunt

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noun

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

Example Sentences

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
Opportunities abound for anyone who likes to hunt, fish, cycle, and even ski or snowboard now that flakes are falling and lifts are spinning. Outside Online, 14 Nov. 2022 By the age of twelve or thirteen, children can hunt on their own with their peers and are introduced to more complex strategies. Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 2 Nov. 2022 Fog descends over the clearing as Eve mounts a defense against a crew of invaders, only to find a far more dangerous threat; in 1988, Josh and Riley hunt down a woman who is the key to stopping an impending tidal wave. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2022 Anyone with the app can hunt down and add new murals into the system. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 29 Oct. 2022 For example, participants can only hunt on private properties enrolled in the program. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 27 Oct. 2022 Only extremely long reptiles are able to successfully hunt adult humans, with the smallest Indonesian python known to have been involved in a fatal encounter still measuring over 18 feet long, Iskandar said. Leo Sands, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2022 Tap or click here for pro tricks to hunt down any image in a snap. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 23 Oct. 2022 Employees hunt the plaza before the game for willing volunteers wearing Braves gear and proper sneakers who look passably in shape. Rodney Ho, ajc, 15 Oct. 2022
Noun
The Blazers have been on the hunt for an All-Star caliber forward since LaMarcus Aldridge left for San Antonio following the 2015-16 season. oregonlive, 18 Nov. 2022 The family went on the hunt for the Marine named Fletcher, who others told them might have had something to do with Leroy’s disappearance. Michela Moscufo, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2022 The original movie, directed by Peter Yates, saw the detective on the hunt for a mob boss who orchestrated a hit on a key witness in an organized crime case. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 17 Nov. 2022 Meanwhile, the Panthers and their trio of quarterbacks are on the hunt for an upset against one of the NFL's top teams. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 Joy has a special place in her heart for croissants and tiramisu, and is always on the hunt for the next cafe to explore in the city (a journey that never ends!). Joy Cho, Good Housekeeping, 12 Nov. 2022 Samsung and Billboard are on the hunt for the next unsigned superstar in the NXT 2.0 singing competition and the race has advanced to the next level. James Dinh, Billboard, 1 Nov. 2022 On the hunt: The Executive Committee of the Ohio State Board of Education passed a resolution Monday afternoon outlining the next steps in the search for a state superintendent of public instruction. Jake Zuckerman, cleveland, 1 Nov. 2022 These shifting attitudes fall in line with Gen Z’s tendency to set firmer boundaries during the job hunt as well as in the workplace. Angela Yang, NBC News, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near hunt

Cite this Entry

“Hunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hunt. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

hunt 1 of 2

verb

1
a
: to seek out and chase (game) for food or sport
hunt squirrel
b
: to use in hunting game
hunts a pack of dogs
2
a
: to chase in order to capture
b
: to search out : look for : seek
hunting for my gloves
3
: to drive or chase especially by repeated attacks
hunt a criminal out of town
4
: to search through looking for prey
hunts the woods

hunt

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noun

1
: the action, the practice, or an instance of hunting
2
: a group of hunters
especially : a group of hunters on horseback and their hunting dogs

Biographical Definition

Hunt 1 of 3

biographical name (1)

(James Henry) Leigh 1784–1859 English writer

Hunt

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biographical name (2)

Sir R(ichard) Timothy 1943–     British molecular biologist

Hunt

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biographical name (3)

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

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