hunt - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlehunting
past tensehunted
past participlehunted
  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
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  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.