hunt Definition

  • 1to chase and kill wild animals for food or sport
  • 2to search determinedly for someone or something
  • 3an act of hunting

Using hunt: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "hunt" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He went out to hunt deer.

  • Example

    They hunted for gold in the mountains.

  • Example

    She's been hunting for a new job for months.

  • Example

    The police are hunting for the suspect.

hunt Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for hunt

Idioms Using hunt

  • go on a wild-goose chase

    to waste time searching for something that is unlikely to be found


    We went on a wild-goose chase looking for the missing keys.

  • run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

    to support or show loyalty to two opposing sides or people at the same time


    He was accused of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds during the election.

  • to have more important things to do


    I can't help you with your homework right now, I have bigger fish to fry.

Phrases with hunt

  • to pursue and capture someone or something


    The police are trying to hunt down the escaped prisoner.

  • a game where players follow clues to find hidden objects or places


    The children had a treasure hunt in the park.

  • an investigation carried out ostensibly to uncover subversive activities but actually used to harass and undermine those with differing views


    The senator called the investigation a witch hunt.

Origins of hunt

Old English 'huntian', related to German 'Jagd'


Summary: hunt in Brief

The verb 'hunt' [hʌnt] refers to the act of chasing and killing wild animals for food or sport, or searching determinedly for someone or something. It can also refer to an act of hunting. Examples include 'He went out to hunt deer.' and 'She's been hunting for a new job for months.' The phrase 'hunt down' means to pursue and capture someone or something, while idioms like 'go on a wild-goose chase' and 'have bigger fish to fry' denote fruitless searches and more pressing matters.

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