Meaning of “killing” in the English Dictionary

"killing" in British English

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killingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɪl.ɪŋ/ us /ˈkɪl.ɪŋ/

B1 an occasion when a person is murdered:

a series of brutal killings

More examples

  • He was convicted of her killing.
  • They are accused of terrible killings.
  • Police are investigating the killings.
  • The community is stunned by the killing.
  • These brutal killings must be avenged.



uk /ˈkɪl.ɪŋ/ us /ˈkɪl.ɪŋ/

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

"killing" in Business English

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killingnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈkɪlɪŋ/ us
make a killing informal

to earn a lot of money in a short time and with little effort:

They made a killing when they sold their London flat at the top of the market.

(Definition of “killing” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)