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Dictionary Definition



1 Englishman and Pre-Raphaelite painter (1827-1910) [syn: Holman Hunt, William Holman Hunt]
2 United States architect (1827-1895) [syn: Richard Morris Hunt]
3 British writer who defended the romanticism of Keats and Shelley (1784-1859) [syn: Leigh Hunt, James Henry Leigh Hunt]
4 an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport [syn: hunt club]
5 an instance of searching for something; "the hunt for submarines"
6 the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone [syn: search, hunting]
7 the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts [syn: hunting]
8 the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport [syn: hunting]


1 pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); "Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"; "The dogs are running deer"; "The Duke hunted in these woods" [syn: run, hunt down, track down]
2 pursue or chase relentlessly; "The hunters traced the deer into the woods"; "the detectives hounded the suspect until they found the him" [syn: hound, trace]
3 chase away, with as with force; "They hunted the the unwanted immigrants out of the neighborhood"
4 yaw back and forth about a flight path; "the plane's nose yawed"
5 oscillate about a desired speed, position, or state to an undesirable extent; "The oscillator hunts about the correct frequency"
6 seek, search for; "She hunted for her reading glasses but was unable to locate them"
7 search (an area) for prey; "The King used to hunt these forests"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Hunt






  1. To chase down prey and (usually) kill it. When the prey is a fish, it's not called hunting, but fishing.
    Her uncle is out deer hunting, now that it is open season.
  2. To try to find something; search.
    The little girl was hunting for shells on the beach.


to chase down prey
to search for something
  • Danish: søge, lede
  • Finnish: metsästää, jahdata
  • Hebrew: לצוד , לחפש
  • Hungarian: vadászik, kutat
  • Portuguese: caçar


  1. The act of hunting
  2. A hunting expedition
  3. An organization devoted to hunting, or the people belonging to such an organization (capitalized if the name of a specific organization)


the act of hunting, shooting

Derived terms





Old High German


Common Germanic *hundaz, whence also Old English hund, Old Norse hundr



Extensive Definition

Hunt may refer to:


  • Hunting, activity during which humans or animals chase prey
  • Collective reference to a group of hunters practicing such a hunt, especially with dogs, e.g. Berkeley Hunt


Other uses

hunt in German: Hunt (Begriffsklärung)
hunt in French: Hunt
hunt in Polish: Hunt
hunt in Russian: Хант

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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