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: exercises, sports, or games engaged in by athletes
: the practice or principles of athletic activities
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A type of HIIT (high-intensity interval training)
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: sports, games, and exercises that require strength and skill : athletic activities
: games, sports, and exercises requiring strength, endurance, and skill
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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