man·​hunt ˈman-ˌhənt How to pronounce manhunt (audio)
: an organized and usually intensive hunt for a person and especially for one charged with a crime

Examples of manhunt in a Sentence

After several days of searching, the sheriff called off the manhunt. The FBI launched a manhunt to find the kidnappers.
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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of manhunt was in 1833

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“Manhunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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man·​hunt -ˌhənt How to pronounce manhunt (audio)
: an organized hunt for a person and especially for one charged with a crime

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