Definition of sporting in English:



  • 1attributive Connected with or interested in sport.

    ‘a major sporting event’
    • ‘The audience consumes these shows in much the same way as the live telecast of a sporting event because uncertainty is a key part of the viewing experience.’
    • ‘Much of the novel is devoted to dialogue between players during the games, and especially to their quarrels over the sporting history of which they are a part.’
    • ‘It is with utter frustration that I see such sports buildings hailed a success when clearly, from a sporting point of view, they cannot be.’
    • ‘Encourage your customers to bring in additional items relating to the shadowbox such as a golf tee, score card, ticket to a sporting event, a baseball hat or an autographed photo with a sports celebrity.’
    • ‘And what happens when people want rival teams to win the same big sporting event?’
    • ‘The cafe and lounge overlook the largest space in the building, a gymnasium used for both sporting and social events, which opens to a paved terrace on the west side.’
    • ‘Accustomed to private clubs, upper-class friends, and sophisticated functions, the Professor naturally seeks the same elevated status in his sporting pursuits.’
    • ‘Additional community facilities grouped within this setting include schools, the fire station, sporting centres and several churches.’
    • ‘They treat the trial as if it were a sporting event and rate the attorneys for who provided the better performance.’
    • ‘He's a victim of his circumstance rather than himself, too set in his ways to appreciate academic rather than sporting achievement when it comes to his sons.’
    • ‘A friend of mine had gone into a sporting goods store that was having this raffle, entered his own name and entered my name separately, two weeks before.’
    • ‘The sporting fixture allows the communities to merge, but the union stops there.’
    • ‘But this would be the first time for the toddling town to play patron to the biggest sporting event in television.’
    • ‘Success with that endeavor has led the company to commission artists for a number of world-class sporting events, including the Olympics, each year the games are held.’
    • ‘It is interesting that so often we seem to prefer our sporting heroes to be those who throw away their talent.’
    • ‘At others, his approach to the show is so much like a series of set pieces it seems as if he is limbering up for the opening ceremony of some big but cash-strapped sporting event.’
    • ‘I view elections much like all-night sporting events, with the score changing every fifteen minutes or so.’
    • ‘Goal, the sporting term, has the widest possible application to characterize our wishes and attainments.’
    • ‘The Jury was impressed with the success of the architect's original vision in the making of a huge naturally ventilated and lit entertainment and sporting centre.’
    • ‘In addition, though weary from his journey, he participates in the sporting contests in which he wins the discus throw, and this foreshadows his later athletic triumph when he returns home.’
    sports, games, gymnastic
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  • 2Fair and generous in one's behaviour or treatment of others, especially in a contest.

    ‘it was jolly sporting of you to let me have first go’
    sportsmanlike, sportsmanly, generous, gentlemanly, considerate, good
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