athletic

adjective
ath·​let·​ic | \ ath-ˈle-tik How to pronounce athletic (audio) , nonstandard ˌa-thə-ˈle- How to pronounce athletic (audio) \

Definition of athletic

1 : of or relating to athletes or athletics an athletic scholarship athletic teams athletic events
2a : characteristic of an athlete athletic talent a strong, athletic build
b : vigorous, active an athletic lifestyle
c : active or gifted in sports, games, or exercises He's not very athletic.
3 : used by athletes athletic shoes/equipment the school's athletic fields

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Other Words from athletic

athletically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce athletically (audio) \ adverb
athleticism \ -​ˈle-​tə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce athleticism (audio) \ noun

Examples of athletic in a Sentence

They each received an athletic scholarship to the school. Students can get discount tickets for all athletic events. His athletic career spanned three decades. She has great athletic ability. She's tall and has an athletic build.
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Gomez's latest for the athletic brand draws from her own life—her work, her style, and her hometown. Glamour, "Selena Gomez’s New Puma Collection Is Full of Hidden Messages," 15 May 2019 While this section of the Flag Code is rarely observed, the guidelines advise against using the flag on clothing, costumes, athletic uniforms, bedding, cushions, handkerchiefs, other décor, and temporary-use items like paper napkins and boxes. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "The Proper Etiquette for Flying the American Flag, Including on Memorial Day," 10 May 2019 The athletic strain that would’ve been required just to keep a steady pace and cut through the wind on a normal bike was enough to accelerate the e-bike like a fiend. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "E-Biking My Way Through New York's Five Boro Bike Tour," 9 May 2019 The Dutch city will host the 2020 Invictus Games, an athletic competition founded by Prince Harry for wounded and recovering veterans. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Still Reportedly Plans to Visit the Netherlands Days After the Royal Baby's Birth," 6 May 2019 In addition to the exam-rigging scheme, prosecutors say parents paid Singer tens of thousands of dollars to bribe coaches into pretending that their kids were athletic recruits to boost their chances of getting accepted. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scam," 13 Apr. 2019 Zeiger, who is tall and athletic, with rigid military posture, watched the other women from behind her Wayfarer-style sunglasses until Landolphi pulled her up from her seat. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Cristiano Felicio signed a four-year, $32 million deal in the opening minutes of free agency that, at the time, seemed reasonable for an athletic backup center. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Bulls plan patient approach in free agency, will focus first on re-signing Zach LaVine and David Nwaba," 30 June 2018 SFFA’s filing includes a report by Peter Arcidiacono, a Duke University economist, that delves into the process by which Harvard rates applicants in five main categories: academic, extracurricular, athletic, personal, and overall. Alia Wong, The Atlantic, "Harvard's Impossible Personality Test," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of athletic

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for athletic

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athletic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of athletic

: of or relating to athletes
: of or relating to sports, games, or exercises
: used by athletes : used during or for sports, games, or exercises

athletic

adjective
ath·​let·​ic | \ ath-ˈle-tik How to pronounce athletic (audio) \

Kids Definition of athletic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of athletes or athletics an athletic event
2 : used by athletes athletic equipment
3 : active in sports or exercises She's very athletic.
4 : strong and muscular an athletic build

athletic

adjective
ath·​let·​ic | \ ath-ˈlet-ik How to pronounce athletic (audio) \

Medical Definition of athletic

: characterized by heavy frame, large chest, and powerful muscular development : mesomorphic

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