hunt Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “hunt” in the English Dictionary

"hunt" in British English

See all translations

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

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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).

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

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

"hunt" in American English

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of hunt?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

drum

a musical instrument, especially one made from a skin stretched over the end of a hollow tube or bowl, played by hitting with the hand or a stick

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More