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English noun: ferret

1. ferret (animal) musteline mammal of prairie regions of United States; nearly extinct

Synonymsblack-footed ferret, Mustela nigripes

Broader (hypernym)mustelid, musteline, musteline mammal

Member meronymgenus Mustela, Mustela

2. ferret (animal) domesticated albino variety of the European polecat bred for hunting rats and rabbits

Broader (hypernym)fitch, foulmart, foumart, Mustela putorius, polecat

English verb: ferret

1. ferret (motion) hound or harry relentlessly

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hound, hunt, trace

2. ferret (competition) hunt with ferrets

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hunt, hunt down, run, track down

3. ferret (cognition) search and discover through persistent investigation

SamplesShe ferreted out the truth.

Synonymsferret out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)discover, find

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