- 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; as, to hunt a deer."Like a dog, he hunts in dreams." [Tennyson.]
- To search diligently after; to seek; to pursue; to follow; -- often with out or up; as, to hunt up the facts; to hunt out evidence. "Evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him." [Ps. cxl. 11.]
- To drive; to chase; -- with down from away, etc.; as, to hunt down a criminal; he was hunted from the parish.
- To use or manage in the chase, as hounds."He hunts a pack of dogs." [Addison.]
- To use or traverse in pursuit of game; as, he hunts the woods, or the country.
- [Change Ringing] To move or shift the order of (a bell) in a regular course of changes.
Etymology: AS. huntian to hunt; cf. hentan to follow, pursue, Goth. hin�anin comp.) to seize. √36. Cf. Hent