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Meaning of “headhunter” in the English Dictionary

"headhunter" in British English

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headhunternoun [C]

uk   /ˈhedˌhʌn.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
  • headhunter noun [C] (JOB)

a ​person who ​tries to ​persuade someone to ​leavetheirjob by ​offering that ​person another ​job with more ​pay and a ​higherposition
  • headhunter noun [C] (FIGHTER)

a ​member of a ​group of ​people that ​keeps the ​heads of the ​enemies that it has ​killed
(Definition of headhunter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"headhunter" in American English

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headhunternoun [C]

 us   /ˈhedˌhʌn·tər/
a ​person whose ​job is to ​findpeoplequalified for and ​willing to take very ​importantjobs: She was contacted by a headhunter and ​invited to ​apply for the ​position.
(Definition of headhunter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"headhunter" in Business English

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headhunternoun [C]

uk   /ˈhedˌhʌntər/  us   /-ṱɚ/
HR a ​person who is ​hired by a ​company to ​find someone who has the ​qualifications for an important ​job and is ​willing to ​leave their ​presentjob: He was approached by a headhunter who was looking for a ​chiefexecutive for a ​start-upcompany. a corporate/​top/​leading headhunter
(Definition of headhunter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “headhunter”
in Chinese (Simplified) 战士, 割取敌人头颅作为战利品的部落成员…
in Chinese (Traditional) 戰士, 割取敵人頭顱作爲戰利品的部落成員…
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