fish·​ing | \ ˈfi-shiŋ How to pronounce fishing (audio) \

Definition of fishing

1 : the sport or business of catching fish
2 : a place for catching fish

Examples of fishing in a Sentence

The fishing was pretty good today. I'm going fishing this weekend.
Recent Examples on the Web Currently, the benefit goes to commercial fishing caught in Alaska and processed out-of-state to other states and Communist China. Anchorage Daily News, "Candidate Q&A: Alaska House District 16 — Paul Bauer," 3 Oct. 2020 Natives, transplants and tourists are drawn to the region’s lakes and forested sandstone canyons for hiking, hunting and fishing. Michael Hawthorne,, "Gov. J.B. Pritzker vows to fight climate change with clean energy. Only three other states mined more climate-changing coal than Illinois last year.," 2 Oct. 2020 Commercial fishing and pollution certainly haven’t made things easier for the peaceful reptiles. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Texas A&M Planning State-of-the-Art Sea Turtle Hospital for Galveston Campus," 21 Sep. 2020 The hot August weather has caused a bit of a slump in the fishing around the fertile Western Basin of Lake Erie. cleveland, "Walleye surveys show another banner year for Lake Erie: Northeast Ohio fishing report for the weekend of Sept. 18-20," 17 Sep. 2020 The topics range from tributes to nurses or the difficulty of saying goodbye to fishing -- to toppling monuments amid the Black Lives Matter movement. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A New Hampshire poet is bringing joy to her community's coronavirus newsletters," 16 Aug. 2020 Almost half of all workers in the Keys are employed by hotels, bars and other hospitality industries, and many of the rest are involved in commercial and sport fishing, USA TODAY reported. Sarah Brookbank,, "Going to the Florida Keys? Pack a mask because they're mandatory through 2021," 22 June 2020 Almost half of all workers in the Keys are employed by hotels, bars and other hospitality industries, and many of the rest are involved in commercial and sport fishing. USA TODAY, "Park changes, social-distancing lifeguards, pear plant outbreak: News from around our 50 states," 2 June 2020 In 2020, after five years of work, Palau’s new National Marine Sanctuary went into effect, protecting 183,000 square miles or nearly 80 percent of the tiny country’s waters from commercial fishing. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, "Twelve Anniversaries and Events Worth Traveling for in 2020," 24 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fishing

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fishing was in the 13th century

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13 Oct 2020

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“Fishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fishing

: the sport or business of catching fish

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