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Meaning of “stunt” in the English Dictionary

"stunt" in British English

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stuntnoun [C]

uk   us   /stʌnt/
  • stunt noun [C] (EXCITING ACTION)

an ​excitingaction, usually in a ​film, that is ​dangerous or ​appearsdangerous and usually ​needs to be done by someone ​skilled: It's a ​typicalactionmovie with plenty of spectacular stunts. Tom Cruise has ​performed his own stunts for Mission Impossible 2, ​defyingwarnings from ​professionals.
  • stunt noun [C] (GET ATTENTION)

mainly disapproving something that is done to get ​attention for the ​person or ​peopleresponsible for it: an ​advertising stunt Their ​marriage was just a ​cheap publicity stunt.

stuntverb [T]

uk   us   /stʌnt/
(Definition of stunt from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"stunt" in American English

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stuntnoun [C]

 us   /stʌnt/
  • stunt noun [C] (DANGEROUS ACT)

an ​exciting and often ​dangerousact, usually ​performed for use in a ​movie by someone ​speciallytrained
  • stunt noun [C] (ACTIVITY)

something done ​mainly to ​attractattention: This was not just some ​publicity stunt.

stuntverb [T]

 us   /stʌnt/
  • stunt verb [T] (PREVENT GROWTH)

to ​slow or ​prevent the ​growth or ​development of someone or something: Drought has stunted this year’s ​corncrop.
(Definition of stunt from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"stunt" in Business English

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stuntnoun [C]

uk   us   /stʌnt/ disapproving
something that is done to get ​attention for the ​person or ​peopleresponsible for it: publicity/marketing/advertising stunt She ​dismissed her opponent's ​lawsuit as a ​publicity stunt. a political/​election stunt
(Definition of stunt from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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