from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pursue (game) for food or sport.
  • transitive v. To search through (an area) for prey: hunted the ridges.
  • transitive v. To make use of (hounds, for example) in pursuing game.
  • transitive v. To pursue intensively so as to capture or kill: hunted down the escaped convict.
  • transitive v. To seek out; search for.
  • transitive v. To drive out forcibly, especially by harassing; chase away: hunted the newcomers out of town.
  • intransitive v. To pursue game.
  • intransitive v. To make a search; seek.
  • intransitive v. Aerospace To yaw back and forth about a flight path, as if seeking a new direction or another angle of attack. Used of an aircraft, rocket, or space vehicle.
  • intransitive v. Aerospace To rotate up and down or back and forth without being deflected by the pilot. Used of a control surface or a rocket motor in gimbals.
  • intransitive v. Engineering To oscillate about a selected value. Used of a machine, instrument, or system.
  • intransitive v. Engineering To swing back and forth; oscillate. Used of an indicator on a display or instrument panel.
  • n. The act or sport of hunting: an enthusiast for the hunt.
  • n. A hunting expedition or outing, usually with horses and hounds.
  • n. Those taking part in such an expedition or outing.
  • n. A diligent search or pursuit: on a hunt for cheap gas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To chase down prey and (usually) kill it.
  • v. To try to find something; search.
  • v. To ride at a hunt.
  • n. The act of hunting.
  • n. A hunting expedition.
  • n. An organization devoted to hunting, or the people belonging to such an organization (capitalized if the name of a specific organization).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of chasing wild animals; chase; pursuit; search.
  • n. The game secured in the hunt.
  • n. A pack of hounds.
  • n. An association of huntsmen.
  • n. A district of country hunted over.
  • intransitive v. To follow the chase; to go out in pursuit of game; to course with hounds.
  • intransitive v. To seek; to pursue; to search; -- with for or after.
  • intransitive v. To be in a state of instability of movement or forced oscillation, as a governor which has a large movement of the balls for small change of load, an arc-lamp clutch mechanism which moves rapidly up and down with variations of current, or the like; also, to seesaw, as a pair of alternators working in parallel.
  • intransitive v. To shift up and down in order regularly.
  • transitive v. To search for or follow after, as game or wild animals; to chase; to pursue for the purpose of catching or killing; to follow with dogs or guns for sport or exercise.
  • transitive v. To search diligently after; to seek; to pursue; to follow; -- often with out or up
  • transitive v. To drive; to chase; -- with down, from, away, etc.
  • transitive v. To use or manage in the chase, as hounds.
  • transitive v. To use or traverse in pursuit of game.
  • transitive v. To move or shift the order of (a bell) in a regular course of changes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To chase, as wild animals, for the purpose of catching or killing; search for or follow after, as game.
  • To search after; pursue; follow closely.
  • To use, direct, or manage in the chase.
  • To pursue game or wild animals over; specifically, to pursue foxes over: as, the district was hunted by the foxhounds.
  • To follow the chase; pursue game or other wild animals.
  • To make a search or quest; seek: with for or after.
  • In bell-ringing, to alter the place of a bell in its set according to certain rules.
  • In mech., to jump back and forth instead of remaining steady.
  • n. The act of seeking for or chasing game or other wild animals for the purpose of catching or killing them; a pursuit; a chase.
  • n. A pack of hounds engaged in the chase.
  • n. An association of huntsmen: as, the Caledonian hunt.
  • n. The region of country hunted with hounds.
  • n. Game killed in the chase.
  • n. The act of seeking or searching for something; a search or inquisition.
  • n. One who hunts; a hunter; a huntsman.
  • n. In bell-ringing, a bell which is taken out of its order and then hunted by the others in the peal. See hunt, v. i., 3.
  • n. In electricity, the see-sawing, surging of speed, or oscillating which sometimes occurs in synchronous motors or other electrical apparatus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. search (an area) for prey
  • n. the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts
  • n. the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport
  • v. seek, search for
  • v. oscillate about a desired speed, position, or state to an undesirable extent
  • n. an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport
  • n. United States architect (1827-1895)
  • v. pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals)
  • v. chase away, with as with force
  • v. yaw back and forth about a flight path
  • n. an instance of searching for something
  • n. Englishman and Pre-Raphaelite painter (1827-1910)
  • n. British writer who defended the Romanticism of Keats and Shelley (1784-1859)
  • v. pursue or chase relentlessly
  • n. the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English hunten, from Old English huntian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English hunten, from Old English huntian ("to hunt"), from Proto-Germanic *huntōnan (“to hunt, capture”), from Proto-Indo-European *kend- (“to catch, seize”). Related to Old High German hunda ("booty"), Gothic 𐌷𐌿𐌽𐌸𐍃 (hunþs, "body of captives"), Old English hūþ ("plunder, booty, prey"), Old English hentan ("to catch, seize"). More at hent, hint.


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