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/ hʌnt /
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verb (used with object)
to chase or search for (game or other wild animals) for the purpose of catching or killing.
to pursue with force, hostility, etc., in order to capture (often followed by down): They hunted him down and hanged him.
to search for; seek; endeavor to obtain or find (often followed by up or out): to hunt up the most promising candidates for the position.
to search (a place) thoroughly.
to scour (an area) in pursuit of game.
to use or direct (a horse, hound, etc.) in chasing game.
Change Ringing. to alter the place of (a bell) in a hunt.
verb (used without object)
to engage in the pursuit, capture, or killing of wild animals for food or in sport.
to make a search or quest (often followed by for or after).
Change Ringing. to alter the place of a bell in its set according to certain rules.
an act or practice of hunting game or other wild animals.
a search; a seeking or endeavor to find.
a group of persons associated for the purpose of hunting; an association of hunters.
an area hunted over.
Change Ringing. a regularly varying order of permutations in the ringing of a group of from five to twelve bells.
OTHER WORDS FOR hunt
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Origin of hunt
before 1000; (v.) Middle English hunten,Old English huntian, derivative of hunta hunter, akin to hentan to pursue; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
OTHER WORDS FROM hunt
hunt·a·ble, adjectivehunt·ed·ly, adverbouthunt, verb (used with object)o·ver·hunt, verb (used with object)
un·hunt·a·ble, adjectiveun·hunt·ed, adjective
Other definitions for hunt (2 of 2)
[ huhnt ]
/ hʌnt /
(James Henry) Leigh [lee], /li/, 1784–1859, English essayist, poet, and editor.
Richard Morris, 1828–95, U.S. architect.
(William) Holman [hohl-muhn], /ˈhoʊl mən/, 1827–1910, English painter.
William Morris, 1824–79, U.S. painter (brother of Richard Morris Hunt).
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British Dictionary definitions for hunt (1 of 2)
/ (hʌnt) /
to seek out and kill or capture (game or wild animals) for food or sport
(intr often foll by for) to look (for); search (for)to hunt for a book; to hunt up a friend
(tr) to use (hounds, horses, etc) in the pursuit of wild animals, game, etcto hunt a pack of hounds
(tr) to search or draw (country) to hunt wild animals, game, etcto hunt the parkland
(tr often foll by down) to track or chase diligently, esp so as to captureto hunt down a criminal
(tr; usually passive) to persecute; hound
(intr) (of a gauge indicator, engine speed, etc) to oscillate about a mean value or position
(intr) (of an aircraft, rocket, etc) to oscillate about a flight path
the act or an instance of hunting
chase or search, esp of animals or game
Derived forms of hunthuntedly, adverb
Word Origin for hunt
Old English huntian; related to Old English hentan, Old Norse henda to grasp
British Dictionary definitions for hunt (2 of 2)
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Henry, known as Orator Hunt . 1773–1835, British radical, who led the mass meeting that ended in the Peterloo Massacre (1819)
(William) Holman. 1827–1910, British painter; a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (1848)
James. 1947–93, British motor-racing driver: world champion 1976
(Henry Cecil) John, Baron. 1910–98, British army officer and mountaineer. He planned and led the expedition that first climbed Mount Everest (1953)
(James Henry) Leigh (liː). 1784–1859, British poet and essayist: a founder of The Examiner (1808) in which he promoted the work of Keats and Shelley
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Other Idioms and Phrases with hunt
see happy hunting ground; high and low, (hunt); run with (the hare, hunt with the hounds).
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