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.

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Police at first blamed Bradford for the shooting but then backtracked and arrested Brown near Atlanta last week after a manhunt. Jay Reeves, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer: Man charged in mall shooting didn’t start the melee," 5 Dec. 2018 An unintended victim of the shootout was a beloved Roman Catholic cardinal, setting off a manhunt for the drug traffickers involved, including Mr. Guzmán. Katie Honan, WSJ, "U.S. Jury Convicts Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ After Three-Month Trial," 12 Feb. 2019 After a manhunt that ended the following day, four teenagers were arrested in connection to her death. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018," 19 Sep. 2018 The shooting sparked outrage and an intense manhunt. Charles Rabin And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Police to release two suspects just two days after arrests in Miami murders | Miami Herald," 7 May 2018 Authorities believe 31-year-old Steven Wiggins shot Baker, and he was arrested on June 1 after a two-day manhunt. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "6-year-old's lemonade stand raises more than $1,000 for slain officer's family," 11 June 2018 After a two-day manhunt, a trooper came across the suspect in the slaying of a sheriff's deputy not far from the scene of the crime, authorities said Friday. Jonathan Mattise And Adrian Sainz,, "Manhunt: Suspect captured in slaying of Tennessee deputy," 1 June 2018 After a four-day manhunt, police arrested John Williams, 29. Amir Vera, CNN, "Maine police officer's wife describes his last day before he was killed," 1 May 2018 Tips from surveillance photos led police to arrest Maness in Eagle River after a five-day manhunt. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Man charged in pepper spray attack attempted to recruit others to ‘storm’ Anchorage gay pride parades," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of manhunt

1833, in the meaning defined above

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

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