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Definition of pastime noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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something that you enjoy doing when you are not working synonym hobby Watching television now seems to be the most popular national pastime. Thesaurusinteresthobby pastimeThese are all words for activities that you do for pleasure in your spare time.interest an activity or a subject that you do or study for pleasure in your spare time:Her main interests are music and gardening.hobby an activity that you do for pleasure in your spare time:His hobbies include swimming and cooking.pastime an activity that people do for pleasure in their spare time:Eating out is the national pastime in France.interest, hobby, or pastime?A hobby is often more active than an interest:His main hobby is football (= he plays football). His main interest is football (= he watches and reads about football, and may or may not play it).Pastime is used when talking about people in general; when you are talking about yourself or an individual person it is more usual to use interest or hobby:Eating out is the national interest/hobby in France. Do you have any pastimes?
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