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hunt (v.)

Old English huntian "chase game" (transitive and intransitive), perhaps developed from hunta "hunter," and related to hentan "to seize," from Proto-Germanic *huntojan (source also of Gothic hinþan "to seize, capture," Old High German hunda "booty"), which is of uncertain origin.

Not the usual Germanic word for this, which is represented by Dutch jagen, German jagen (see yacht (n.)). General sense of "search diligently" (for anything) is recorded from c. 1200. Related: Hunted; hunting. To hunt (something) up "search for until found" is from 1791. Parlor game hunt the slipper is attested from 1766.

hunt (n.)

early 12c., "act of chasing game," from hunt (v.). Old English had huntung, huntoþ. Meaning "body of persons associated for the purpose of hunting with a pack of hounds" is first recorded 1570s. Meaning "act of searching for someone or something" is from c. 1600.

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Definitions of hunt
1
hunt (v.)
pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals);
The Duke hunted in these woods
Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland
Synonyms: run / hunt down / track down
hunt (v.)
pursue or chase relentlessly;
Synonyms: hound / trace
hunt (v.)
chase away, with as with force;
They hunted the unwanted immigrants out of the neighborhood
hunt (v.)
yaw back and forth about a flight path;
hunt (v.)
oscillate about a desired speed, position, or state to an undesirable extent;
The oscillator hunts about the correct frequency
hunt (v.)
seek, search for;
She hunted for her reading glasses but was unable to locate them
hunt (v.)
search (an area) for prey;
The King used to hunt these forests
2
hunt (n.)
an association of huntsmen who hunt for sport;
Synonyms: hunt club
hunt (n.)
an instance of searching for something;
the hunt for submarines
hunt (n.)
the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone;
Synonyms: search / hunting
hunt (n.)
the work of finding and killing or capturing animals for food or pelts;
Synonyms: hunting
hunt (n.)
the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport;
Synonyms: hunting
3
Hunt (n.)
Englishman and Pre-Raphaelite painter (1827-1910);
Synonyms: Holman Hunt / William Holman Hunt
Hunt (n.)
United States architect (1827-1895);
Synonyms: Richard Morris Hunt
Hunt (n.)
British writer who defended the Romanticism of Keats and Shelley (1784-1859);
Synonyms: Leigh Hunt / James Henry Leigh Hunt
From wordnet.princeton.edu