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

Example Sentences

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 The shooters were able to return to the vehicle and leave the area, and a manhunt is underway. Justin Klawans, The Week, 6 Nov. 2022 Vicky White, no relation to Casey White, took her own life as law enforcement closed in on the two May 9 in Indiana at the end of an 11-day manhunt. Paul Gattis |, al, 4 Oct. 2022 At the James Smith Cree Nation, the reserve that bore the brunt of the attacks, residents on their porches rejoiced as word spread that the manhunt was over. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2022 Authorities launched a manhunt for Jones following the attack Sunday. Amir Vera, CNN, 15 Nov. 2022 The truck driver, who initially fled the scene, turned himself in to authorities on Saturday after police launched a manhunt to find him. Mirna Alsharif, NBC News, 18 Sep. 2022 Authorities launched a multi-day manhunt for the Sandersons on Sunday. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 7 Sep. 2022 The Weymouth man accused of murdering a Marshfield couple was arrested by Florida police Friday night, following a days-long manhunt that began after officers found the victims in their home Tuesday night. John Hilliard,, 3 Dec. 2022 The suspect, a former member of the school's football team, was taken into custody following an overnight manhunt and faces multiple charges, including three counts of second-degree murder. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manhunt was in 1833

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“Manhunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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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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