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Meaning of “hunt” in the English Dictionary

"hunt" in British English

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huntverb [I or T]

uk   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 ​lioncubs are ​young, the ​motherstays with them while the ​father hunts forfood. Jack and Charlie like to hunt/go hunting (= ​chase and ​killanimals for ​sport) at ​weekends. Cats like to hunt ​mice and ​birds. Elephants used to be hunted for the ​ivory from ​theirtusks. in ​Britain, to ​chase and ​killanimals, ​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 ​missingchild. I've hunted high and ​low (= ​lookedeverywhere) for my ​gloves. Police are hunting the ​terrorists who ​planted the ​bomb. I'll ​try and hunt out (= ​find) those ​oldphotographs for you. They have ​spentmonths house-/job-hunting (= ​looking for a ​house/a ​job).

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Phrasal verbs

huntnoun

uk   us   /hʌnt/
  • hunt noun (SEARCH)

C1 [C usually singular] a ​search for something or someone: After a ​long hunt we ​finallyfound a ​house we ​liked. The hunt for the ​injuredclimbercontinuedthroughout 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 ​peoplechasingwildanimals in ​order to ​kill them: to go on a ​fox/​deer hunt [C] in the UK, a ​group of ​people who ​meetregularly in ​order to ​chase and ​killanimals, ​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 ​wildanimal 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 ​missingkeys.
Phrasal verbs

huntnoun [C]

 /hʌnt/
  • hunt noun [C] (CHASE)

a ​chase or ​search for a ​wildanimal 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 ​injuredclimbercontinued through the ​night.
(Definition of hunt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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