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"athletics" in British English

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athleticsnoun [U]

uk   /æθˈlet.ɪks/  us   /-ˈlet̬-/
B1 UK (US track and field) the ​generalname for a ​particulargroup of ​sports in which ​peoplecompete, ​includingrunning, ​jumping, and ​throwing: an athletics ​team/​club/​meeting US sports and ​physicalactivities of any ​type: Girls who ​participate in high ​school athletics are more ​likely to ​graduate than those who don’t.

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

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athleticsnoun [U]

 us   /æθˈlet̬·ɪks/
sports and ​games: Girls who ​participate in high ​school athletics are three ​times more ​likely to ​graduate than those who don’t. esp. Br Athletics is another way of saying ​track and ​field.
(Definition of athletics from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “athletics”
in Arabic ألْعاب القُوى, رياضي…
in Korean 육상, 스포츠, 체육…
in Portuguese atletismo, esporte…
in Catalan atletisme, esports…
in Japanese 陸上競技, 運動競技…
in Chinese (Simplified) 田径运动…
in Turkish atletizm sporu…
in Russian легкая атлетика…
in Chinese (Traditional) 田徑運動…
in Italian atletica, sport…
in Polish lekkoatletyka…
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