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English definition of “football”

football

noun
 
 
/ˈfʊtbɔːl/
UK GAME [U] UK (UK/US soccer) A1 a game in which two teams of players kick a round ball and try to score goals: a game of football a football match/team Football/soccerGeneral terms used in ball sports
US GAME [U] US (UK American football) a game in which two teams of players try to kick, run with, or throw an oval ball across each other's goal line American footballGeneral terms used in ball sportsFootball/soccerGeneral terms used in ball sports
BALL [C] A1 a large ball for kicking, especially in footballAmerican footballGeneral terms used in ball sportsFootball/soccerGeneral terms used in ball sports
footballer noun [C] UK someone who plays football, especially as their jobCompetitors and participants in sports and gamesFootball/soccerGeneral terms used in ball sports footballing adjective [always before noun] relating to or playing football: his footballing career Football/soccerGeneral terms used in ball sports
(Definition of football from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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