hunt1 [hʌnt] v[: Old English; Origin: huntian]1.) [I and T]to chase animals and birds in order to kill or catch them▪ the slopes where I hunted deer as a kid▪ Wolves tend to hunt in packs (=hunt in groups) .2.)to look for someone or something very carefully= ↑search hunt for▪ The kids were hunting for shells on the beach.▪ Detectives are busy hunting for clues.3.) [I and T]to search for and try to catch a criminal or someone who is your enemy▪ The police are still hunting the killer.hunt for▪ The FBI were called in to hunt for the spy.4.) [I and T] [i]BrEto hunt ↑foxes as a sport, riding on horses and using dogshunt down [hunt sb/sth<=>down] phr vto search for a person or animal until you catch them, especially in order to punish or kill them▪ The government agency was created to hunt down war criminals.hunt out [hunt sb/sth<=>out] phr v1.) to search for someone or something in order to catch, kill, or destroy them▪ The plane was on a mission to hunt out enemy submarines.2.) to search for and find something that you need or want, but which is difficult to find▪ In the school library he hunted out books on politics.hunt 2hunt2 n1.) an occasion when people chase animals in order to kill or catch themlion/rhino/stag etc hunt2.) [usually singular]a search for someone or something that is difficult to findhunt for▪ the hunt for the missing childthe hunt is on(=used to say that people have started looking for someone or something)murder hunt(=a search for a person who has killed someone)have a hunt around for sthBrE informal (=look for something)▪ I'll have a hunt around for it in my desk.3.) a sporting event in Britain in which people ride on horses and hunt ↑foxes using dogs4.) in Britain, a group of people who regularly hunt ↑foxes together
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.