- 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
Synonyms for 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
Word Origin for hunt
- 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
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.
see happy hunting ground; high and low, (hunt); run with (the hare, hunt with the hounds).