body·​build·​ing | \ ˈbä-dē-ˌbil-diŋ How to pronounce bodybuilding (audio) \

Definition of bodybuilding

: the developing of the body through exercise and diet specifically : the developing of the physique for competitive exhibition

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bodybuilder \ ˈbä-​dē-​ˌbil-​dər How to pronounce bodybuilding (audio) \ noun

Examples of bodybuilding in a Sentence

She's been doing competitive bodybuilding for a few years now.
Recent Examples on the Web Prowse had a passion for bodybuilding and was crowned British Weightlifting Champion several times in the 1960s. CNN, "Darth Vader 'Star Wars' script reveals how huge secret was preserved," 20 Apr. 2021 Pendley was a health, fitness and bodybuilding enthusiast who took part in competitions, worked at a nutrition store and obsessed about self-improvement, according to his Facebook posts. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Feds say North Texan who wanted to bomb Amazon was radicalized online after losing job," 14 Apr. 2021 As a teenager in Flushing, Queens, Bronson had been fascinated with bodybuilding. New York Times, "Action Bronson, Eater by Trade, Finds a New Craving: Fitness," 29 Mar. 2021 Remski has already noticed a rise in men’s groups based on spiritual bodybuilding, sacred real estate and supplement pyramid schemes. Marisa Meltzer, Washington Post, "QAnon’s Unexpected Roots in New Age Spirituality," 29 Mar. 2021 Though Jenna Homsey’s expertise is in bodybuilding, she is dedicated to making fitness more accessible and inclusive of mental health, too. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "Looking for free at-home workouts? Follow these 8 Arizona fitness Instagrammers," 1 Mar. 2021 By 2016, Shaw returned to competitive bodybuilding. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan woman wins world's best female bodybuilder title," 15 Feb. 2021 With an associated bodybuilding competition, which went on this year but barred most spectators, the event normally draws 200,000 people and fills 18,000 hotel rooms. New York Times, "Nobody Is Going to Conventions. Convention Centers Are Growing Anyway.," 2 Dec. 2020 But bodybuilding has a dark side, a long association with steroid use to help build muscle. Noura Abou Zeinab, CNN, "Bodybuilder Rene Campbell wants to change the view of what women should look like," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bodybuilding

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bodybuilding was in 1884

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1 May 2021

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“Bodybuilding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bodybuilding

: the activity of doing exercises (such as lifting weights) to make the muscles of your body larger and stronger

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