Meaning of “hunting” in the English Dictionary

"hunting" in British English

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huntingnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈhʌn.tɪŋ/ us /ˈhʌn.t̬ɪŋ/

B2 chasing and killing an animal or bird for food, sport, or profit:

deer hunting
a hunting dog/rifle

B2 in Britain, the chasing and killing of animals, especially foxes, for sport, using dogs and riding horses

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  • I don't agree with hunting.
  • The environmental group is demanding a complete prohibition against the hunting of whales.
  • Public opinion is currently running against fox hunting.
  • The delegation is travelling to Iceland in an attempt to end or reduce whale hunting.
  • The majority of MPs voted to ban fox hunting.

(Definition of “hunting” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hunting" in American English

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huntingnoun [ U ]

us /ˈhʌn·tɪŋ/

hunting noun [ U ] (CHASE)

the activity or sport of chasing or searching for wild animals or birds with the intention of killing or catching them:

My father and I both enjoy hunting.

hunting noun [ U ] (SEARCH)

the activity of searching for something or someone:

They spend their weekends house hunting.
Career counselors offer job-hunting strategies.

(Definition of “hunting” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)