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).
to look for someone or something very carefully [= search]
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.
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 ↔ downphrasal verb
The government agency was created to hunt down war criminals.
hunt somebody/something ↔ outphrasal verb
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.
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.