American English

Definition of hunt noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] hunt (for somebody/something) an act of looking for someone or something that is difficult to find The hunt is on for a suitable candidate. Hundreds have joined a police hunt for the missing teenager. a murder hunt (= to find the person who has killed someone) see also treasure hunt, witch-hunt
  2. 2[countable] (often in compounds) an act of chasing wild animals to kill or capture them a tiger hunt
  3. Idioms
    be in the hunt
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    to have a chance of winning The team is back in the hunt for the national title. The Republican candidate is still in the hunt.
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