Definition of sporting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtɪŋ/


1 [attributive] Connected with or interested in sport: a major sporting event
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  • The cafe and lounge overlook the largest space in the building, a gymnasium used for both sporting and social events, which opens to a paved terrace on the west side.
  • Success with that endeavor has led the company to commission artists for a number of world-class sporting events, including the Olympics, each year the games are held.
  • Encourage your customers to bring in additional items relating to the shadowbox such as a golf tee, score card, ticket to a sporting event, a baseball hat or an autographed photo with a sports celebrity.
2Fair and generous in one’s behaviour or treatment of others, especially in a contest: it was jolly sporting of you to let me have first go
sportsmanlike, sportsmanly, generous, gentlemanly, considerate, good;
fair, just, honourable
British informal decent



Pronunciation: /ˈspɔːtɪŋli/
sense 2.
Example sentences
  • Peter's also achieved the notable feat of going unbeaten in both league seasons, which was sportingly acknowledged by Exeter as they went through the tunnel.
  • All the fish were very sportingly returned alive.
  • Politicians should take all these things sportingly.
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