Definition of ferret verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    ferret

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈferɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ferret
    BrE BrE//ˈferɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪt//
     
    he / she / it ferrets
    BrE BrE//ˈferɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪts//
     
    past simple ferreted
    BrE BrE//ˈferɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪtɪd//
     
    past participle ferreted
    BrE BrE//ˈferɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form ferreting
    BrE BrE//ˈferɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈferɪtɪŋ//
     
    Wild mammals
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] ferret (about/around) (for something) (informal) to search for something that is lost or hidden among a lot of things She opened the drawer and ferreted around for her keys.
  2. 2[intransitive] to hunt rabbits, rats, etc. using ferrets See related entries: Wild mammals
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French fuiret, alteration of fuiron, based on late Latin furo ‘thief, ferret’, from Latin fur ‘thief’. Phrasal Verbsferret out somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ferret

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