ath·​let·​ics | \ ath-ˈle-tiks How to pronounce athletics (audio) , nonstandard ˌa-thə-ˈle- How to pronounce athletics (audio) \

Definition of athletics

1 : exercises, sports, or games engaged in by athletes
2 : the practice or principles of athletic activities

Examples of athletics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That game started a real change in Mississippi and the Deep South’s approach to intercollegiate interracial athletics. Demetria Gallegos, WSJ, 14 May 2022 The goal is to enhance public safety at on-campus athletics venues, UC said in the announcement about the policy. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 13 May 2022 The program, called the Adaptive Bike Library, was created in collaboration with disability athletics organization Achilles International. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 13 May 2022 And as Jean writes, the current push to restrict trans rights goes far beyond athletics. Rick Klein, ABC News, 12 May 2022 Sam Terrell has been around coaching and athletics his entire life. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2022 She was hired last June to oversee OSU athletics’ diversity and inclusion efforts and serve as the liaison to compliance and student-athlete support services. Stephen Means, cleveland, 9 May 2022 That included the $600 million fundraising drive known as The Crimson Standard for upgrading athletics facilities. Michael Casagrande |, al, 4 May 2022 The Big 12 will soon be affected by one of college athletics' largest changes, as Texas and Oklahoma announced their departure for the SEC by 2025. Drew Schott, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of athletics

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 May 2022

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“Athletics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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noun plural
ath·​let·​ics | \ ath-ˈle-tiks How to pronounce athletics (audio) \

Kids Definition of athletics

: games, sports, and exercises requiring strength, endurance, and skill
Hint: Athletics can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking. Athletics is an important part of their curriculum. Athletics are helpful in staying fit.


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