man·​hunt | \ ˈman-ˌhənt How to pronounce manhunt (audio) \

Definition of manhunt

: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Those secrets will soon have war jets scrambling and a covert manhunt launching. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "With spy series 'Tehran,' Israelis reach out to an enemy," 25 Sep. 2020 The manhunt involved a U.S. Marshals Service task force, reported. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Man wanted for shootings in Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia nabbed in South Dakota," 24 Aug. 2020 Police have launched a manhunt for the suspect and announced a six-figure reward to anyone with information on the suspect that leads to his arrest and conviction. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "California city manager says the 'chickens' have 'come home to roost' following shooting of two deputies," 14 Sep. 2020 Sweetback ultimately kills two crooked cops, and becomes the target of a massive manhunt. Artel Great, The New Republic, "Black Cinema Matters," 11 Sep. 2020 During his time at WESH, Whitsett covered many local and national stories, from the Pulse nightclub shooting to the manhunt for Markeith Loyd. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Anchor Adrian Whitsett leaves WESH 2," 2 Sep. 2020 An Alabama man led Florida police on a wild manhunt at Disney World’s shuttered Discovery Island. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "WATCH: Police with guns drawn comb Disney World’s abandoned island searching for trespasser," 1 Sep. 2020 What emerges, then, is basically just a manhunt scenario, capped off by an interview with Smith, which is, admittedly, pretty riveting. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Love Fraud' feels like the docuseries version of a Lifetime movie," 28 Aug. 2020 Tsarnaev was convicted in 2015 for his role in the attack, which led to a days-long manhunt that shut down Boston. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Department of Justice to seek death penalty once again for Boston Marathon bomber," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of manhunt

1833, in the meaning defined above

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30 Sep 2020

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“Manhunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of manhunt

: an organized search for a person and especially for a criminal

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