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hobby

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishhobbyhob‧by /ˈhɒbi $ ˈhɑː-/ ●●● noun (plural hobbies) [countable] 🔊 🔊 DOINTERESTEDan activity that you enjoy doing in your free timeinterest, pastime 🔊 What are your hobbies? 🔊 Susan’s hobbies include reading, cooking, and drama. 🔊 Retirement gave him the time to pursue his hobbies.hobbyist noun [countable] 🔊 a magazine for aircraft modelling hobbyistsRegisterIn everyday English, people often talk about what they do in their free time rather than use the word hobbies:What do you do in your free time?In my free time, I like reading and cooking.THESAURUShobby an activity that you enjoy, and that you like to spend time doing when you are not workingStamp collecting has been a hobby of mine since I was a child.We had to write an essay about our hobbies.interest something that you are interested in and like doing or talking aboutHer interests were the same as most young girls – pop music, boys and clothes.pastime especially written something that you do because it is enjoyable or interestingGardening was her mother's favourite pastime.In England talking about the weather is a national pastime (=something that a lot of people in a country do).passion something that you feel extremely interested in and care a lot aboutFootball was his passion.For the French, food is a passion.pursuit formal an activity that you spend time doing – used especially in the following phrasesThe hills and lakes are used for a variety of outdoor pursuits.Her son wasn't really interested in academic pursuits.Mountaineering, golfing, and fishing were among his leisure pursuits
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hobbyStamp collecting has been a hobby of mine ever since I was a child.If you have any non-work experience that is relevant, a hobby perhaps, mention this.I never saw my song-writing as anything more than a hobby until recently.Soon friends were offering to buy Amanda's work, and she decided to turn her hobby into a business.So this was not the equivalent of a father wanting to pass on the passionate love of his hobby to his children.My hobbies are wind-surfing and playing the guitar.My hobby is repairing antiques.When people retire, they often take up new hobbies and start to make new friends.And a passion for two-wheels helps with her other hobby.They tend to advertise in the appropriate specialist hobbies press and through the medium of direct mail.It grows well under water and could be a valuable contribution to the hobby.The father of two had taken up the hobby 18 months ago and was a member of the Ince Blundell flying club.Q: What hobbies do you have?
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