bodybuilding

noun
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 bodybuilder (audio) \ noun

Examples of bodybuilding in a Sentence

She's been doing competitive bodybuilding for a few years now.
Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps in response, hyper-manliness came into vogue—the popularity of bodybuilding skyrocketed, Superman burst onto the scene. Teddy Brokaw, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of the Hawaiian Shirt," 16 Apr. 2020 Back in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine and Acton made the decision to ban spectators at the Arnold Sports Festival, a bodybuilding and athletic competition in Columbus, on March 3. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: From its rocky start, testing for COVID-19 slowly ramping up," 6 Apr. 2020 Concerns over the likely presence of the virus last week led state officials to close the Arnold Sports Festival, a bodybuilding and fitness exposition that draws tens of thousands of people to Columbus annually. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio moving polling places, urging early voting, for March 17 primary over coronavirus concerns," 10 Mar. 2020 The event — a multi-sport festival that includes the Arnold Classic, a bodybuilding competition named after Arnold Schwarzenegger — takes place every year in Columbus, Ohio. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Thousands of meals meant for an Ohio sports festival will instead be sent to Nashville to feed first responders," 7 Mar. 2020 The documentary, centered around a trans male bodybuilding competition, follows the lives of four competitors in varying stages of their transitions. Deborah Kim, ABC News, "Being trans in the bodybuilding world: 'We're just trying to be ourselves'," 17 Feb. 2020 There are four categories that increase by muscle mass: bikini, figure, physique and bodybuilding. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "From anorexia to bodybuilding champion, this Arden Hills woman learned to love herself," 28 Dec. 2019 Fast forward another four years and that same young man will have competed in four bodybuilding competitions and is now applying for a job at the center. Peter San Nicolas, Ramona Sentinel, "Ramona’s Trainer: ‘30 Years and 30,000 Lives’," 19 Sep. 2019 Fast forward another four years and that same young man will have competed in four bodybuilding competitions and is now applying for a job at the center. Peter San Nicolas, Ramona Sentinel, "Ramona’s Trainer: ‘30 Years and 30,000 Lives’," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bodybuilding

1884, in the meaning defined above

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20 Apr 2020

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“Bodybuilding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bodybuilding. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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bodybuilding

noun
How to pronounce bodybuilding (audio)

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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