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English definition of “athletics”

athletics

noun [U]   /æθˈlet.ɪks/ US  /-ˈlet̬-/
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/meetingAthletics 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.Sports and games generally
(Definition of athletics noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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