Definition of sporting in US English:



  • 1attributive Connected with or interested in sports.

    ‘a major sporting event’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sporting fixture allows the communities to merge, but the union stops there.’
    • ‘Additional community facilities grouped within this setting include schools, the fire station, sporting centres and several churches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is interesting that so often we seem to prefer our sporting heroes to be those who throw away their talent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Accustomed to private clubs, upper-class friends, and sophisticated functions, the Professor naturally seeks the same elevated status in his sporting pursuits.’
    • ‘I view elections much like all-night sporting events, with the score changing every fifteen minutes or so.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Goal, the sporting term, has the widest possible application to characterize our wishes and attainments.’
    • ‘They treat the trial as if it were a sporting event and rate the attorneys for who provided the better performance.’
    • ‘But this would be the first time for the toddling town to play patron to the biggest sporting event in television.’
    • ‘And what happens when people want rival teams to win the same big sporting event?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    sports, games, gymnastic
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  • 2Fair and generous in one's behavior or treatment of others, especially in a game or contest.

    ‘it was not very sporting of Smith to hit Gonzales with that pitch’
    sportsmanlike, sportsmanly, generous, gentlemanly, considerate, good
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