- 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.
- 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 pursuit.
- 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.
Origin of hunt
- 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
- the area of a hunt
- a party or institution organized for the pursuit of wild animals or game, esp for sport
- the participants in or members of such a party or institution
- in the hunt informal having a chance of successthat result keeps us in the hunt See also hunt down, hunt up
- 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
Word Origin and History for overhunting
Old English huntian "chase game," related to hentan "to seize," from Proto-Germanic *huntojan (cf. Gothic hinþan "to seize, capture," Old High German hunda "booty"), from PIE *kend-.
General sense of "search diligently" (for anything) is first recorded c.1200. Related: Hunted; hunting. Happy hunting-grounds "Native American afterlife paradise" is from "Last of the Mohicans" (1826).
early 12c., from hunt (v.). Meaning "body of persons associated for the purpose of hunting with a pack of hounds" is first recorded 1570s.
Idioms and Phrases with overhunting
see happy hunting ground; high and low, (hunt); run with (the hare, hunt with the hounds).