hunt·​ing | \ ˈhən-tiŋ How to pronounce hunting (audio) \

Definition of hunting

1 : the act of one that hunts specifically : the pursuit of game
2 : the process of hunting
3a : a periodic variation in speed of a synchronous electrical machine
b : a self-induced and undesirable oscillation of a variable above and below the desired value in an automatic control system
c : a continuous attempt by an automatically controlled system to find a desired equilibrium condition

Examples of hunting in a Sentence

His hobbies include hunting and fishing. The law prohibits the hunting of migratory birds. She likes to go hunting.
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According to royal commentator Rebecca English for the Daily Mail, Prince Harry went hunting with his father, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince William, on Boxing Day morning. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Attends Boxing Day Feast After Prince Harry Joins the Royal Family's Hunt," 27 Dec. 2018 Stanley went house hunting with the Olsen twins in Bel Air, oversaw a full renovation of their home, and spent a year shopping with them for furniture. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Remodeled Los Angeles Home is a Magnet for Friends and Hollywood Stars Alike," 11 Mar. 2019 This isn't the first time that Kate has been spotted hunting, with English reporting that the duchess even owns her own shotgun. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Went Hunting on Boxing Day, but Meghan Markle Gave It a Hard Pass," 31 Dec. 2018 Most deer in California now live in a 5-mile radius their entire lives in areas where there is no hunting, according to a GPS collar study by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Tom Stienstra,, "First breath, first steps in little-seen wildlife world," 1 July 2018 The store will also carry outdoor gear, including hunting, fishing, and camping gear, as well as sports equipment. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Academy Sports + Outdoors will open new store in Richmond," 19 June 2018 To conduct the work, researchers analyzed 76 studies that looked at how 62 species of mammals on six continents—from opossums to elephants—changed their behavior in response to human activities such as hunting, farming, and development. Elizabeth Gamillo, Science | AAAS, "Human activity is causing more and more animals to embrace the night," 14 June 2018 And hunting is a big part of several royal family traditions, like Boxing Day and the family's annual Balmoral vacation. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Participated in the Royal Family's Annual Boxing Day Hunt, Despite Speculation That He Would Skip," 29 Dec. 2018 Police have come to recognize the fertile hunting ground of social media and are covertly surveilling people and groups there with little oversight. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How China complicates Apple’s chest-thumping about privacy," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of hunting

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of hunting

: the activity or sport of chasing and killing wild animals
: the activity of searching for something

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