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

      

    hunt

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//hʌnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʌnt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hunt
    BrE BrE//hʌnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʌnt//
     
    he / she / it hunts
    BrE BrE//hʌnts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʌnts//
     
    past simple hunted
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌntɪd//
     
    past participle hunted
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌntɪd//
     
    -ing form hunting
    BrE BrE//ˈhʌntɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhʌntɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to chase wild animals or birds in order to catch or kill them for food, sport or to make money Lions sometimes hunt alone. hunt something Whales are still being hunted and killed in the Arctic. Wordfinderchase, falconry, game, hunt, open season, pack, poach, prey, safari, trail
  2. 2  [intransitive] to look for something that is difficult to find synonym search I've hunted everywhere but I can't find it. hunt for something She is still hunting for a new job.
  3. 3  [transitive, intransitive] to look for somebody in order to catch them or harm them hunt somebody Police are hunting an escaped criminal. hunt for somebody Detectives are hunting for thieves who broke into a warehouse yesterday.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] hunt (something) (in Britain) to chase and kill foxes as a sport, riding horses and using dogs. Fox hunting with dogs has been illegal in the UK since 2005.
  5. Word Origin Old English huntian, of Germanic origin.Extra examples He goes hunting every weekend. I spent an hour hunting for all the documents. Police are still hunting the killer of three-year-old Lucy Black. Porpoises were still being actively hunted in Greenland. The animals come out at night to hunt for mice and other small animals. The whales were heavily hunted by British commercial whalers. desperately hunting for a new job I’m still hunting for a new job. I’ve hunted everywhere, but I can’t find it. It is now illegal to hunt otters. She was hunting through her bag for her keys. The animals are hunted for their fur. They hunt when they stay with friends in Ireland. a tiger/​seal hunt Phrasal Verbshunt somebodydownhunt down something
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