sport Definition

an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment..

Using sport: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "sport" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I enjoy playing sports like basketball and soccer.

  • Example

    The Olympic Games showcase the world's best athletes competing in various sports.

  • Example

    He has a passion for extreme sports like skydiving and bungee jumping.

sport Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for sport

Idioms Using sport

  • used to describe horse racing, which is often associated with royalty and the upper class


    Horse racing is known as the sport of kings because it was historically enjoyed by the wealthy and aristocratic.

  • call the shots (in a sport)

    to be in control or have the authority to make decisions in a particular sport


    As the team captain, he calls the shots on the field and makes important decisions during the game.

  • play ball (with someone) (informal)

    to cooperate or work together with someone, especially in a sports context


    If we want to win this game, we need to play ball and work together as a team.

Phrases with sport

  • sports played on or in water, such as swimming, surfing, or water polo


    She loves water sports and spends most of her summer vacation at the beach.

  • a sport played by two or more people working together as a team, such as basketball, football, or volleyball


    Playing a team sport teaches you valuable skills like communication and cooperation.

  • sports that involve high levels of danger, such as skydiving, bungee jumping, or snowboarding


    Extreme sports are not for the faint-hearted and require a lot of courage and skill.

Origins of sport

from Old French 'desport', meaning 'pastime, diversion'


Summary: sport in Brief

The term 'sport' [spɔːt] refers to physical activities that involve skill and competition, often between teams. Examples include basketball, soccer, and extreme sports like skydiving. Phrases like 'water sports' and 'team sport' denote specific types of sports, while idioms like 'in the sport of kings' and 'call the shots' provide cultural and linguistic context. 'Sport' is a fun and engaging way to stay active and healthy.

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