I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English huntian; akin to Old English hentan to seize Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to pursue for food or in sport <
hunt buffalo
b. to manage in the search for game <
hunts a pack of dogs
2. a. to pursue with intent to capture <
hunted the escapees
b. to search out ; seek 3. to drive or chase especially by harrying <
members…were hunted from their homes — J. T. Adams
4. to traverse in search of prey <
hunts the woods
intransitive verb 1. to take part in a hunt 2. to attempt to find something 3. to oscillate alternately to each side (as of a neutral point) or to run alternately faster and slower — used especially of a device or machine II. noun Date: 14th century 1. the act, the practice, or an instance of hunting 2. a group of mounted hunters and their hunting dogs

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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