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verb hunt pronunciation in American English /hʌnt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhunt
he/she/ithunts
present participlehunting
past tensehunted
past participlehunted
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to kill animals for food or for their skin or other parts, or for sport

    Crocodiles were hunted and killed for their teeth.

    hunt for:

    We hunted for rabbits in the hills.

    1. a.
      to catch and eat other animals. Animals that do this are predators and the animals they catch and eat are their prey
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to find someone or something

    Police are still hunting the killer.

    hunt for:

    Detectives have been hunting for clues to the murderer’s identity.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to try to find something that you want or have lost
      hunt for:

      He began by hunting around for information.

      hunt through/over/around:

      I’ve hunted all over the house for my keys.

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