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athletics

noun [U] uk   /æθˈlet.ɪks/ us    /-ˈlet̬-/
B1 UK ( US track and field) the general name for a particular group of sports in which people compete, including running, jumping, and throwing: an athletics team/club/meeting US sports and physical activities of any type: Girls who participate in high school athletics are more likely to graduate than those who don’t.
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in Korean 육상, 스포츠, 체육…
in Arabic ألْعاب القُوى, رياضي…
in Portuguese atletismo, esporte…
in Catalan atletisme, esports…
in Japanese 陸上競技, 運動競技…
in Italian atletica, sport…
in Chinese (Traditional) 田徑運動…
in Russian легкая атлетика…
in Turkish atletizm sporu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 田径运动…
in Polish lekkoatletyka…
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