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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun hunt has 8 senses

Verb hunt has 7 senses


huntv. t. [AS. huntian to hunt; cf. hentan to follow, pursue, Goth. hinan (in comp.) to seize. Hent.].
  •  To search for or follow after, as game or wild animals; to chase; to pursue for the purpose of catching or killing; to follow with dogs or guns for sport or exercise; as, to hunt a deer.  [1913 Webster]
    "Like a dog, he hunts in dreams."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To search diligently after; to seek; to pursue; to follow; -- often with out or up; as, to hunt up the facts; to hunt out evidence.  [1913 Webster]
    "Evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To drive; to chase; -- with down, from, away, etc.; as, to hunt down a criminal; he was hunted from the parish.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To use or manage in the chase, as hounds.  [1913 Webster]
    "He hunts a pack of dogs."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To use or traverse in pursuit of game; as, he hunts the woods, or the country.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To move or shift the order of (a bell) in a regular course of changes.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
huntv. i. 
  •  To follow the chase; to go out in pursuit of game; to course with hounds.  [1913 Webster]
    "Esau went to the field to hunt for venison."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To seek; to pursue; to search; -- with for or after.  [1913 Webster]
    "He after honor hunts, I after love."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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, or the like; also, to seesaw, as a pair of alternators working in parallel.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  To shift up and down in order regularly.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
To hunt counter, to trace the scent backward in hunting, as a hound to go back on one's steps. [Obs.] Shak.
  •  The act or practice of chasing wild animals; chase; pursuit; search.  [1913 Webster]
    "The hunt is up; the morn is bright and gray."  [1913 Webster]
  •  The game secured in the hunt.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A pack of hounds.  [1913 Webster]
  •  An association of huntsmen.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A district of country hunted over.  [1913 Webster]
    "Every landowner within the hunt."  [1913 Webster]


hunt, v. & n.
1 tr. (also absol.) a pursue and kill (wild animals, esp. foxes, or game), esp. on horseback and with hounds, for sport or food. b (of an animal) chase (its prey).
2 intr. (foll. by after, for) seek, search (hunting for a pen).
3 intr. a oscillate. b (of an engine etc.) run alternately too fast and too slow.
4 tr. (foll. by away etc.) drive off by pursuit.
5 tr. scour (a district) in pursuit of game.
6 tr. (as hunted adj.) (of a look etc.) expressing alarm or terror as of one being hunted.
7 tr. (foll. by down, up) move the place of (a bell) in ringing the changes.
1 the practice of hunting or an instance of this.
2 a an association of people engaged in hunting with hounds. b an area where hunting takes place.
3 an oscillating motion.

hunt down pursue and capture. hunt out find by searching; track down.
OE huntian, weak grade of hentan seize



angle for, ask for, beat, beat about for, beat the bushes, beset, burrow, capture, cast about, chase, chase out, check out, chevy, chivy, course, coursing, cynegetics, delve, delve for, dig, dig for, dog, domiciliary visit, dragnet, drive, drive out, drum out, examine, exploration, explore, falcon, falconry, ferret, ferret out, fish for, flush, follow, follow the hounds, follow up, forage, force out, fowl, fox hunting, freeze out, frisk, give chase, go after, go gunning for, go hunting, go through, gun, gun for, gunning, harass, harry, harry out, hawk, hawking, hollo after, hound, house-search, hunt down, hunt for, hunt out, hunt up, hunting, investigate, jack, jacklight, kill, look, look around, look for, look round, look through, look up, make after, molest, nose around, oppress, perquisition, persecute, poke, poke around, posse, probe, prosecute, prowl after, pry, pry into, pursue, pursuit, push out, quest, quest after, raise the hunt, ransack, ransacking, research, ride to hounds, root, rout out, rummage, run, run after, run out, scour, search, search for, search party, search through, search warrant, search-and-destroy operation, searching, see to, seek, seek for, seek out, shikar, shoot, shooting, smell around, smoke out, snare, sport, sporting, stalk, stalking, start, still hunt, still-hunt, take out after, torment, trace, track, track down, tracking down, trail, try to find, turning over, venery, victimize




N pursuit, pursuing, prosecution, pursuance, enterprise, business, adventure, quest, scramble, hue and cry, game, hobby, still-hunt, chase, hunt, battue, race, steeple chase, hunting, coursing, venation, venery, fox chase, sport, sporting, shooting, angling, fishing, hawking, shikar (Geog loc:India), pursuer, hunter, huntsman, shikari (Geog loc:India), sportsman, Nimrod, hound, pursuing, in quest of, in pursuit, in full cry, in hot pursuit, on the scent, in pursuance of, after, Int, tallyho!, yoicks!, soho!.

VB pursue, prosecute, follow, run after, make after, be after, hunt after, prowl after, shadow, carry on, engage in, set about, endeavor, court, seek, aim at, follow the trail, fish for, press on, run a race, chase, give chase, course, dog, hunt, hound, tread on the heels, follow on the heels of, rush upon, rush headlong, ride full tilt at, run full tilt at, make a leap at, jump at, snatch at run down, start game, tread a path, take a course, hold a course, shape one's steps, direct one's steps, bend one's steps, course, play a game, fight one's way, elbow one's way, follow up, take to, take up, go in for, ride one's hobby.


VB kill, put to death, slay, shed blood, murder, assassinate, butcher, slaughter, victimize, immolate, massacre, take away life, deprive of life, make away with, put an end to, despatch, dispatch, burke, settle, do for, strangle, garrote, hang, throttle, choke, stifle, suffocate, stop the breath, smother, asphyxiate, drown, saber, cut down, cut to pieces, cut the throat, jugulate, stab, run through the body, bayonet, eviscerate, put to the sword, put to the edge of the sword, shoot dead, blow one's brains out, brain, knock on the head, stone, lapidate, give a deathblow, deal a deathblow, give a quietus, give a coupe de grace, behead, bowstring, electrocute, gas, hunt, shoot, cut off, nip in the bud, launch into eternity, send to one's last account, sign one's death warrant, strike the death knell of, give no quarter, pour out blood like water, decimate, run amuck, wade knee deep in blood, imbrue one's hands in blood, die a violent death, welter in one's blood, dash out one's brains, blow out one's brains, commit suicide, kill oneself, make away with oneself, put an end to oneself, put an end to it all.


VB make inquiry, inquire, ask, seek, search, look for, look about for, look out for, scan, reconnoiter, explore, sound, rummage, ransack, pry, peer, look round, look over, go over, look through, go through, spy, overhaul, ask about, inquire about, scratch the head, slap the forehead, look into every hole and corner, peer into every hole and corner, pry into every hole and corner, nose, trace up, search out, hunt down, hunt out, fish out, ferret out, unearth, leave no stone unturned, seek a clue, seek a clew, hunt, track, trail, mouse, dodge, trace, follow the trail, follow the scent, pursue, beat up one's quarters, fish for, feel for, investigate, take up an inquiry, institute an inquiry, pursue an inquiry, follow up an inquiry, conduct an inquiry, carry on an inquiry, carry out an inquiry, prosecute an inquiry, look at, look into, preexamine, discuss, canvass, agitate, examine, study, consider, calculate, dip into, dive into, delve into, go deep into, make sure of, probe, sound, fathom, probe to the bottom, probe to the quick, scrutinize, analyze, anatomize, dissect, parse, resolve, sift, winnow, view in all its phases, try in all its phases, thresh out, bring in question, bring into question, subject to examination, put to the proof, audit, tax, pass in review, take into consideration, take counsel, question, demand, put the question, pop the question, propose the question, propound the question, moot the question, start the question, raise the question, stir the question, suggest the question, put forth the question, ventilate the question, grapple with the question, go into a question, question, put to the question, interrogate, pump, subject to interrogation, subject to examination, cross-question, cross-examine, press for an answer, give the third degree, put to the inquisition, dodge, catechize, require an answer, pick the brains of, suck the brains of, feel the pulse, get the lay of the land, see how the wind is blowing, put one's ear to the ground, be in question, undergo examination.

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