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



    BrE BrE//hʌnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hʌnt//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] hunt (for somebody/something) an act of looking for somebody/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 somebody) 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. 3[countable] (in Britain) an event at which people ride horses and hunt foxes with dogs as a sport, illegal in the UK since 2005 There will be a hunt on Boxing Day. a hunt meeting
  4. 4[countable + singular or plural verb] (in Britain) a group of people who regularly hunt foxes as a sport There are several different hunts in the area.
  5. Word OriginOld English huntian, of Germanic origin.Extra examples Detectives leading the hunt for the killer believe he may be in hiding. Hunt followers deny the sport is cruel. Police are continuing their hunt for the arsonist. Police forces in five counties are now involved in the murder hunt. Police launched a nationwide hunt for the woman, amid fears for her safety. She had never taken part in a fox hunt before. The hunt for survivors has now been called off. The hunt is on for potential employees with experience of electronic publishing. The investigation turned into a full-scale Communist witch hunt. The mountain rescue team is stepping up its hunt for the missing climbers. clashes between hunt supporters and hunt saboteurs The hunt is on for a suitable candidate.Idioms to have a chance of winning The team are back in the hunt for the league title. The Republican candidate is still in the hunt.
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