1. 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)
2. 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)
3. To drive; to chase; with down, from, away, etc.; as, to hunt down a criminal; he was hunted from the parish.
4. To use or manage in the chase, as hounds. He hunts a pack of dogs. (Addison)
5. To use or traverse in pursuit of game; as, he hunts the woods, or the country.
Origin: as. Huntian to hunt; cf. Hentan to follow, pursue, goth. Hinan (in comp) to seize. Cf. Hent.