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noun sport pronunciation in British English /spɔː(r)t/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an activity in which players or teams compete against each other, usually an activity that involves physical effort
    Bob’s sport is tennis.
    Football is a popular women’s sport in the US.
    team sport: My favourite team sport is rugby.
    1. a.
      [uncountable] British sports in general
      The school is keen to involve more young people in sport.
    2. b.


      [only before noun] relating to sports, or involved in sports
      the newspaper’s sports section
      a sports team
      sports fans/writers
    3. c.
  2. 2
    [countable] informal someone who always behaves in a reasonable way and is always willing to help
    Andy was a real sport and agreed to play for the other team.
    a good sport: Thanks, Shelly – you’re always such a good sport.
  3. 3
    [countable] American and Australian informal used for talking in a friendly way to a boy or man
    Hey sport, how are you?
  4. 4
    [uncountable] old-fashioned jokes, or things that you do for fun
    in sport: It was done in sport, but it hurt some feelings nonetheless.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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