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"sport" in American English

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sportnoun

 us   /spɔrt, spoʊrt/
  • sport noun (GAME)

[C/U] a ​game, ​competition, or ​similaractivity, done for ​enjoyment or as a ​job, that ​takesphysicaleffort and ​skill and is ​played or done by ​followingparticularrules: [C] Football, ​baseball, and ​basketball are all ​team sports. [U] Do you ​hunt for sport or in ​order to ​eat?
  • sport noun (PERSON)

[C] infml a ​person who has a good ​attitude about ​playing a ​game or having to do something: He was a very ​bad sport when he ​lost a ​game. Be a sport and take ​your little ​sister to the ​movies with you.

sportverb [T]

 us   /spɔrt, spoʊrt/
  • sport verb [T] (WEAR)

to ​wear or be ​decorated with something: Back in the 1960s he sported bellbottoms and ​longhair.
(Definition of sport from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"sport" in British English

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sportnoun

uk   /spɔːt/  us   /spɔːrt/
  • sport noun (GAME)

A1 [C] a ​game, ​competition, or ​activityneedingphysicaleffort and ​skill that is ​played or done ​according to ​rules, for ​enjoyment and/or as a ​job: Football, ​basketball, and ​hockey are all ​team sports. I ​enjoywinter sports like ​skiing and ​skating.A1 [U] UK all ​types of ​physicalactivity that ​people do to ​keephealthy or for ​enjoyment: She used to do/​play a lot of sport when she was ​younger. [U] old-fashioned enjoyment in doing things

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  • sport noun (PERSON)

[C] old-fashioned informal a ​pleasant, ​positive, ​generousperson who does not ​complain about things they are ​asked to do or about ​games that they ​lose: Oh, Douglas - be a (good) sport and give me a ​lift to the ​station.
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[C] Australian English a ​friendly way of ​talking to a man or ​boy: [as form of address] Hello sport - how are you?

sportverb [T]

uk   /spɔːt/  us   /spɔːrt/
(Definition of sport from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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