Language: Old English
Origin: huntian


1 verb
1 [intransitive and transitive] to chase animals and birds in order to kill or catch them:
the slopes where I hunted deer as a kid
Wolves tend to hunt in packs (=hunt in groups).
2 [intransitive] to look for someone or something very carefully [= search]
hunt for
The kids were hunting for shells on the beach.
Detectives are busy hunting for clues.
3 [intransitive and transitive] to search for and try to catch a criminal or someone who is your enemy:
The police are still hunting the killer.
hunt for
The FBI were called in to hunt for the spy.
4 [intransitive and transitive] British EnglishDSO to hunt foxes as a sport, riding on horses and using dogs

hunt somebody/something ↔ down

phrasal verb
to search for a person or animal until you catch them, especially in order to punish or kill them:
The government agency was created to hunt down war criminals.

hunt somebody/something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1 to search for someone or something in order to catch, kill, or destroy them:
The plane was on a mission to hunt out enemy submarines.
2 to search for and find something that you need or want, but which is difficult to find:
In the school library he hunted out books on politics.

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