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"hunt" in British English

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huntverb [I or T]

uk   /hʌnt/  us   /hʌnt/
B1 to chase and try to catch and kill an animal or bird for food, sport, or profit: Some animals hunt at night. When lion cubs are young, the mother stays with them while the father hunts for food. Jack and Charlie like to hunt/go hunting (= chase and kill animals for sport) at weekends. Cats like to hunt mice and birds. Elephants used to be hunted for the ivory from their tusks.
in Britain, to chase and kill animals, especially foxes, using dogs and riding on horses

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B2 to try to find something or someone: I've hunted all over the place, but I can't find that book. They are still hunting for the missing child. I've hunted high and low (= looked everywhere) for my gloves. Police are hunting the terrorists who planted the bomb. I'll try and hunt out (= find) those old photographs for you. They have spent months house-/job-hunting (= looking for a house/a job).

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Phrasal verbs

huntnoun

uk   /hʌnt/  us   /hʌnt/
  • hunt noun (SEARCH)

C1 [C usually singular] a search for something or someone: After a long hunt we finally found a house we liked. The hunt for the injured climber continued throughout the night. Police are on the hunt (= searching) for the kidnappers. The hunt is on (= the search has started) for the Mayor's successor.

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  • hunt noun (CHASE)

[C] the activity of people chasing wild animals in order to kill them: to go on a fox/deer hunt
[C] in the UK, a group of people who meet regularly in order to chase and kill animals, especially foxes: They are members of the local hunt.

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(Definition of hunt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hunt" in American English

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huntverb [I/T]

 us   /hʌnt/
to chase or search for a wild animal or bird with the intention of killing or catching it for food, sport, or profit: [I] He hunts every weekend. [T] Cats like to hunt mice and birds.
  • hunt verb [I/T] (SEARCH)

to search for something or someone: [I] I’ve hunted everywhere for the missing keys.
Phrasal verbs

huntnoun [C]

 /hʌnt/
  • hunt noun [C] (CHASE)

a chase or search for a wild animal or bird with the intention of killing or catching it: a deer hunt
  • hunt noun [C] (SEARCH)

a search for something or someone: The hunt for the injured climber continued through the night.
(Definition of hunt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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