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Syllabification: weight·lift·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈwātˌliftiNG

Definition of weightlifting in English:


The sport or activity of lifting barbells or other heavy weights. There are two standard lifts in modern weightlifting: the single-movement lift from floor to extended position (the snatch), and the two-movement lift from floor to shoulder position, and from shoulders to extended position (the clean and jerk).
Example sentences
  • Sports like gymnastics, weightlifting and volleyball apply more stimulation for bone growth than running.
  • Heavy weightlifting or similar activities that require straining are discouraged.
  • Olympic weightlifting consists of two lifts: The snatch and the clean and jerk.



Example sentences
  • Olympic weightlifters follow strict training regimens that may involve three daily sessions totaling up to six hours of training a day.
  • A recent study found that seven out of 10 weightlifters surveyed had gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as heartburn.
  • After almost a century of trial and error, weightlifters have proved that the six-meals-per-day plan works best for muscle building.

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