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  ( hunts    plural & 3rd person present)   ( hunting    present participle)   ( hunted    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you huntfor something or someone, you try to find them by searching carefully or thoroughly.   (=search)  
A forensic team was hunting for clues...      V for n  
      Hunt is also a noun., n-count   (=search)  
The couple had helped in the hunt for the toddlers.     
2       verb   If you hunt a criminal or an enemy, you search for them in order to catch or harm them.  
Detectives have been hunting him for seven months...      V n, Also V for n  
      Hunt is also a noun., n-count   usu sing, oft N for n  
Despite a nationwide hunt for the kidnap gang, not a trace of them was found.     
3       verb   When people or animals hunt, they chase and kill wild animals for food or as a sport.  
As a child I learned to hunt and fish...      V  
He got up at four and set out on foot to hunt black grouse.      V n, Also V for n  
      Hunt is also a noun., n-count   oft n N  
He set off for a nineteen-day moose hunt in Nova Scotia.     
4       verb   In Britain, when people hunt, they ride horses over fields with dogs called hounds and try to catch and kill foxes, as a sport.  
She liked to hunt as often as she could.      V, Also V n  
      Hunt is also a noun., n-count  
The hunt was held on land owned by the Duke of Marlborough.     
5       n-count   In Britain, a hunt is a group of people who meet regularly to hunt foxes.  
6    If a team or competitor is in the huntfor something, they still have a chance of winning it.  
in the hunt      phrase   usu v-link PHR for  
We're still in the hunt for the League title and we want to go all the way in the Cup.     
    witch-hunt   hunt down      phrasal verb   If you hunt down a criminal or an enemy, you find them after searching for them.  
Last December they hunted down and killed one of the gangsters...      V P n (not pron)  
It took her four months to hunt him down.      V n P   hunt out      phrasal verb   If you hunt out something that is hidden or difficult to find, you search for it and eventually find it.   (=dig out)  
I'll try and hunt out the information you need...      V P n (not pron)  
American consumers are accustomed to hunting out bargains.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  

hunt saboteur        ( hunt saboteurs    plural  ) A hunt saboteur is someone who tries to stop a hunt from taking place or being successful because they believe it is cruel to the animal being hunted.      n-count  
witch-hunt        ( witch-hunts    plural  ) A witch-hunt is an attempt to find and punish a particular group of people who are being blamed for something, often simply because of their opinions and not because they have actually done anything wrong.      n-count   oft N against n     (disapproval)   
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    chase, gun for, hound, pursue, stalk, track, trail  
2    ferret about, forage, go in quest of, look, look high and low, rummage through, scour, search, seek, try to find  
3    chase, hunting, investigation, pursuit, quest, search  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

game hunter n.
a person who hunts wild animals

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