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

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Stanley said his goal as the athletic director is to make the COCISD athletics program the very best in the state of Texas. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty football coach named athletic director at Coldspring," 2 July 2019 Now, Bruce is taking on a different kind of challenge, hoping to help ignite a strong athletics program at UFTL. Christian Simmons,, "Ex-NFL star Isaac Bruce begins next chapter as athletic director at University of Fort Lauderdale," 27 July 2019 Students learn about the connection between education, athletics, science, and business. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Legacy the School of Sport Sciences gearing up for ‘signature year’," 3 July 2019 Compliance and academic success are the paramount goals for our athletics program under our leadership. Dom Amore,, "NCAA hits Kevin Ollie hard in findings, puts UConn men’s basketball program on probation for two years," 2 July 2019 In a meeting with faculty last month, Frank disclosed that the college had to return $400,000 in state funding because of problems with the athletics program. Teresa Watanabe,, "Basketball players could be banned from postseason after review finds L.A. Trade-Tech mismanaged funds," 20 June 2019 No amount of university interference, however, has slowed the climb of IU’s athletics expenses. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IU using Big Ten Network millions for more than just athletics — and that's OK," 19 June 2019 According to his bio on the school's athletics site, Jones is entering his second season as an assistant to head coach Danny Manning. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Wake Forest assistant basketball coach charged with assault in deadly NYC attack," 9 Aug. 2018 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

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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

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


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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