a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.
- non·ath·lete, noun
- su·per·ath·lete, noun
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How to use athlete in a sentence
Where a fan 10 years ago had a coin-flip chance of attending a fracas, the modern-day one has less than a 17 percent chance of watching athletes drop the mitts.
Ash, who often interacts and streams with fans on social media, has seen the number of esports athletes increase both in Pakistan and globally.
Neck gaiters, buffs—whatever you call them, the jersey-type loops of fabric that can be worn around the neck and over the face and nose—have been a favorite of athletes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Effectively, the ruling meant that clubs and teams in EU countries could sign players from nations that have free trade agreements with the bloc, without treating them as overseas athletes.Guess Who’s Cheering for Brexit? South African Cricket | Charu Kasturi | August 12, 2020 | Ozy
At the university level, students have more power as paying customers — and athletes in particular as revenue generators.
Nowhere to be found is the anguish, the drama, the pain of an athlete on that level who considering walking away.
In 87 Bounces, a lone athlete shoots an airball that goes on a journey through some of the most memorable films in cinema history.
But I guess you have to regard him as a great athlete who never grew up.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life | Paul Hemphill | September 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But I think that the more important question is will I see a benefit as an athlete?
What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left?LeBron James Returns to Cleveland: How 'The Decision 2.0' Happened | Robert Silverman | July 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sometimes this cup was won by a middle-aged man, sometimes by a girl, and sometimes by a trained athlete.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
More than ordinarily tall, she was shaped like a Juno, and moved with all the grace and freedom of an athlete.The Everlasting Arms | Joseph Hocking
Suddenly the man, with the strength and ease of an athlete, sprang lightly out on to the roof.The Rival Campers | Ruel Perley Smith
His blue flannel suit hung loose on his shoulders and chest, his athlete's limbs.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
Mr. Norcross stands six feet two in his socks, and I've heard that he was the best all-around athlete in his college bunch.The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
British Dictionary definitions for athlete
a person trained to compete in sports or exercises involving physical strength, speed, or endurance
a person who has a natural aptitude for physical activities
mainly British a competitor in track and field events
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