ath·​let·​ics | \ ath-ˈle-tiks, nonstandard ˌa-thə-ˈle- \

Definition of athletics

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

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His donations are largely responsible for transforming Oregon’s athletics program into a national powerhouse. Sean Illing, Vox, "How corporate cash bought higher education," 14 Nov. 2018 Adidas is the official supplier of the Huskers athletics program. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Team That Digs Deeper to Have Fun," 8 Oct. 2018 For another, a winning athletics program could be what places one university above another. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Rice University Students Named the Happiest in the Country," 6 Sep. 2016 At the suggestion of a Nebraska athletics department staffer and with the help of a verse-a-day calendar, Frost has memorized at least one passage from each book of the Old and New Testament, and all of the Book of James. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Quick recall and quicker offense at Scott Frost's Nebraska," 22 Apr. 2018 Replacing Rocky Rocky Harris leaving as ASU athletics chief operating officer in September to become USA Triathlon chief executive officer had a major impact behind the scenes this school year. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU finishes 2017-18 on the rise in AD Ray Anderson's fourth year," 8 June 2018 That way, a school would not be rewarded for waiting until the playoffs began to inform the athletics office of a violation. Eric Sondheimer,, "Verdugo Hills is headed to Dodger Stadium to play for City Section Division I championship," 1 June 2018 May 19 Entry fee: $60 at StemStep5K at Humboldt Park 1301 N. Humboldt Drive The fundraiser for community science, technology, engineering, math and athletics program is expected to draw 1,000 runners. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Your ultimate guide to Chicago race season," 23 Mar. 2018 At a presentation in February, district leaders said changing school start times would pose challenges to the athletics program. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Final Presentation On West Hartford School Start Time Research Expected Tuesday," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of athletics

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of athletics

: sports, games, and exercises that require strength and skill : athletic activities


noun plural
ath·​let·​ics | \ ath-ˈle-tiks \

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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