Meaning of “athletics” in the English Dictionary

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"athletics" in British English

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athleticsnoun [ U ]

uk /æθˈlet.ɪks/ us /æθˈlet̬.ɪks/

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.

More examples

  • Woodford is the captain of the British athletics team.
  • There was a big controversy over the use of drugs in athletics.
  • She is a fine runner and a well-known figure in Scottish amateur athletics.
  • We love to watch the Olympics - especially the athletics.
  • When did you first get interested in athletics, and why did you specialize in long jump?

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

"athletics" in American English

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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)