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UK [æθˈletɪks] / US noun [uncountable]
1) British sports events in which people compete against each other in running races, jumping, and throwing things. The American word is track and field

More women are participating in athletics nowadays.

an athletics meeting

2) American sports and other physical activities

English dictionary. 2014.

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