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Definition of sport noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 [countable] an activity that you do for pleasure and that needs physical effort or skill, usually done in a special area and according to fixed rules What's your favorite sport? team/water sports There are excellent facilities for sports and recreation. I'm not interested in sports. the use of drugs in sports a sports club see also blood sport, spectator sport, winter sports
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) enjoyment or fun The comments were only made in sport. to make sport of (= to joke about)someone or something
  3. 3[countable] (biology) a plant or an animal that is different in a noticeable way from its usual type
  4. Idioms
    be a (good) sport (informal)
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    to be generous, cheerful, and pleasant, especially in a difficult situation She's a good sport. Go on, be a sport (= used when asking someone to help you).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sport