- IPA: /hʌnt/
hunt (hunts, present participle hunting; past and past participle hunted)
- (ambitransitive) To find or search for an animal in the wild with the intention of killing the animal for its meat or for sport.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Genesis 27:5 ↗:
- Esau went to the field to hunt for venison.
- 1842, Alfred Tennyson, Locksley Hall
- Like a dog, he hunts in dreams.
- 2010, Backyard deer hunting: converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound ISBN 1449084354, page 10:
- State Wildlife Management areas often offer licensed hunters the opportunity to hunt on public lands.
- Her uncle will go out and hunt for deer, now that it is open season.
- (ambitransitive) To try to find something; search (for).
- c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
- He after honour hunts, I after love.
- The little girl was hunting for shells on the beach.
- The police are hunting for evidence.
- (transitive) To drive; to chase; with down, from, away, etc.
- to hunt down a criminal
- He was hunted from the parish.
- (transitive) To use or manage (dogs, horses, etc.) in hunting.
- He hunts a pack of dogs better than any man in the country.
- Did you hunt that pony last week?
- (transitive) To use or traverse in pursuit of game.
- He hunts the woods, or the country.
- (bell-ringing, transitive) To move or shift the order of (a bell) in a regular course of changes.
- (bell-ringing, intransitive) To shift up and down in order regularly.
- (engineering, intransitive) To be in a state of instability of movement or forced oscillation, as a governor which has a large movement of the balls for small change of load, an arc-lamp clutch mechanism which moves rapidly up and down with variations of current, etc.; also, to seesaw, as a pair of alternators working in parallel.
- French: chercher
- German: suchen
- Italian: essere a caccia, essere alla ricerca
- Portuguese: caçar
- Russian: разы́скивать
- Spanish: buscar
hunt (plural hunts)
- The act of hunting.
- A hunting expedition.
- An organization devoted to hunting, or the people belonging to it.
- A pack of hunting dogs.
- IPA: /hʌnt/