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Meaning of “athlete” in the English Dictionary

"athlete" in British English

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athletenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈæθ.liːt/
B1 a ​person who is very good at ​sports or ​physicalexercise, ​especially one who ​competes in ​organizedevents: He ​became a professional athlete at the ​age of 16. She has the ​build of an athlete.

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(Definition of athlete from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"athlete" in American English

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athletenoun [C]

 us   /ˈæθˌlit/
a ​person who is ​trained or ​skilled in a ​sport and esp. one who ​regularlycompetes with ​others in ​organizedevents: a ​professional athlete
(Definition of athlete from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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