hunt

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: hunt

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vn
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport
2
vn
seek, search for
the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
3
v
pursue or chase relentlessly
4
v
oscillate about a desired speed, position, or state to an undesirable extent
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: hunt
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v pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)

“Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland”
“The Duke hunted in these woods”
Synonyms:
hunt down, run, track down
run
cause an animal to move fast
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snipe
hunt or shoot snipe
whale
hunt for whales
ambush, still-hunt
hunt (quarry) by stalking and ambushing
turtle
hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation
drive
hunting: chase from cover into more open ground
drive
hunting: search for game
rabbit
hunt rabbits
fowl
hunt fowl in the forest
poach
hunt illegally
seal
hunt seals
ferret
hunt with ferrets
course
hunt with hounds
foxhunt
hunt foxes, on horseback and with dogs
jack, jacklight
hunt with a jacklight
hawk
hunt with hawks
falcon
hunt with falcons
fowl
hunt fowl
forage, scrounge
collect or look around for (food)
grouse
hunt grouse
rustle
forage food
Type of:
capture, catch
capture as if by hunting, snaring, or trapping

v search (an area) for prey

“The King used to hunt these forests”
Synonyms
hunt down, run, track down
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
Type of:
look, search
search or seek

n an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport

Synonyms:
hunt club
Type of:
club, gild, guild, lodge, order, social club, society
a formal association of people with similar interests

n the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts

Synonyms:
hunting
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canned hunt
a hunt for animals that have been raised on game ranches until they are mature enough to be killed for trophy collections
stalk, stalking, still hunt
a hunt for game carried on by following it stealthily or waiting in ambush
birdnesting
hunting for birds' nests to get the eggs
predation
the act of preying by a predator who kills and eats the prey
deerstalking
stalking deer
Type of:
labor, labour, toil
productive work (especially physical work done for wages)

n the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport

Synonyms:
hunting
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battue
a hunt in which beaters force the game to flee in the direction of the hunter
beagling
hunting rabbits with beagles
coursing
hunting with dogs (usually greyhounds) that are trained to chase game (such as hares) by sight instead of by scent
deer hunt, deer hunting
hunting deer
duck hunting, ducking
hunting ducks
fox hunting, foxhunt
mounted hunters follow hounds in pursuit of a fox
pigsticking
the sport of hunting wild boar with spears
Type of:
field sport, outdoor sport
a sport that is played outdoors
blood sport
sport that involves killing animals (especially hunting)
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v seek, search for

“She hunted for her reading glasses but was unable to locate them”
Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

n the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone

Synonyms:
hunting, search
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exploration
a careful systematic search
forage, foraging
the act of searching for food and provisions
frisk, frisking
the act of searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs
looking, looking for
the act of searching visually
manhunt
an organized search (by police) for a person (charged with a crime)
quest, seeking
the act of searching for something
ransacking, rummage
a thorough search for something (often causing disorder or confusion)
scouring
moving over territory to search for something
shakedown
a very thorough search of a person or a place
strip search
searching someone for concealed weapons or illegal drugs by having them remove their clothes
probe
an exploratory action or expedition
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior

n an instance of searching for something

“the hunt for submarines”
Type of:
search
the examination of alternative hypotheses
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v pursue or chase relentlessly

Synonyms:
hound, trace
Types:
ferret
hound or harry relentlessly
Type of:
chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track, trail
go after with the intent to catch

v chase away, with as with force

“They hunted the unwanted immigrants out of the neighborhood”
Type of:
drive out, force out, rouse, rout out
force or drive out
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v oscillate about a desired speed, position, or state to an undesirable extent

“The oscillator hunts about the correct frequency”
Type of:
oscillate, vibrate
move or swing from side to side regularly

v yaw back and forth about a flight path

Type of:
yaw
deviate erratically from a set course
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