1 hunting wild animals
ADJ. fox, seal, tiger, etc.
VERB + HUNT take part in She had never taken part in a fox hunt before.
HUNT + NOUN follower, supporter Hunt followers deny the sport is cruel. | saboteur clashes between hunt supporters and hunt saboteurs | meeting
2 searching for sb/sth
ADJ. massive, nationwide Police launched a nationwide hunt for the woman, amid fears for her safety. | police | murder Police forces in five counties are now involved in the murder hunt. | treasure | witch (often figurative) The investigation turned into a full-scale Communist witch hunt.
HUNT + VERB begin, launch A massive police hunt was launched for the missing child. | lead Detectives leading the hunt for the killer believe he may be in hiding. | step up The mountain rescue team is stepping up its hunt for the missing climbers. | call off The hunt for survivors has now been called off.
HUNT + VERB begin, be on The hunt is on for potential employees with experience of electronic publishing.
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