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athletics

[ath-let-iks] /æθˈlɛt ɪks/
noun
1.
(usually used with a plural verb) athletic sports, as running, rowing, or boxing.
2.
British. track-and-field events.
3.
(usually used with a singular verb) the practice of athletic exercises; the principles of athletic training.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; see athletic, -ics
Pronunciation note
See athlete.
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athletics

/æθˈlɛtɪks/
noun (functioning as pl or singular)
1.
  1. track and field events
  2. (as modifier) an athletics meeting
2.
sports or exercises engaged in by athletes
3.
the theory or practice of athletic activities and training
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