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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Recent Examples on the Web Some camps focus on special interests, including arts, athletics, early childhood, golf, nature, science and technology., "Naperville News Digest: Naper Settlement open for the summer; volunteer workdays at Naperville forest preserves; students can submit library book reports for volunteer credit," 9 Apr. 2021 Even athletics, having to show up to practice, having to submit an application. Katie Reilly, Time, "'A Big Asterisk on the Future.' High School Counselors on Challenges Facing the Class of 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 Rader said athletics has been a helpful outlet after a hard year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Music festivals, Opening Day, casino clinics: News from around our 50 states," 1 Apr. 2021 Noem also pointed to the bill's likely impact on collegiate athletics, which could have put state athletes at odds with the oversight implemented by national athletic organizations. Alisa Wiersema, ABC News, "South Dakota governor's ban on transgender athletes at center of emerging GOP culture war," 31 Mar. 2021 And recent investments made in academics and athletics are wonderful examples of the buy-in Oregon State gets from donors. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Campus stand -- not trustees -- pushed Oregon State president F. King Alexander to resign," 23 Mar. 2021 A year into the pandemic that drew the sports world to a full stop in March of 2020, the effects of the lockdown are still being felt, and athletics may never be the same. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: March 11-17, 2021," 20 Mar. 2021 The cause of death was not disclosed, but Schnellenberger was an icon as a hall of famer in both Louisville and Kentucky athletics departments. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "A Kentucky legend: Former Louisville football coach Howard Schnellenberger dies," 27 Mar. 2021 Baltimore: Officials at Loyola University announced plans to return to a full in-person format for the fall semester, including a full range of classes, athletics, and other in-person events and experiences. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Renegade rodeo, Microsoft returns, Texas Roadhouse: News from around our 50 states," 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of athletics

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Apr 2021

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“Athletics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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