Definition of athletics in English:

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athletics

Pronunciation: /aθˈlɛtɪks/

plural noun

[usually treated as singular]
1British The sport of competing in track and field events, including running races and various competitions in jumping and throwing.
Example sentences
  • Jarlath Duffy won his award following a very successful year on the athletics track.
  • The other topic that has dogged athletics, as it has so many sports in recent years, is drugs.
  • It is not just in athletics that competitors have tried to evade being drug-tested.
Synonyms
track and field events, sporting events, sports, games, organized games, matches, races, contests, competitions;
exercises, gymnastics
archaic palaestra
1.1North American Physical sports and games of any kind.
Example sentences
  • Having done athletics and played netball the transition to rugby was not difficult.
  • And after that you have athletics and golf and tennis and whatever you like yourself.
  • Were ancient athletics useful for preparing young Greek men for the battlefield?

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