ldoce_310_hsportsport1 /spɔːt $ spɔːrt/ ●●●S2W2 noun1gamesa)[countable]DSSPORT/GAME a physical activity in which people compete against each otherMy favourite sports are tennis and swimming.a sports teamAll students are encouraged to take part in a sport.He picked up the newspaper and turned to the sports pages.b)[uncountable] British EnglishSPORT/GAMEsports in generalWhy is there so much sport on TV?I always hated sport at school.GRAMMAR: Countable or uncountable?• In British English, you say: I like watching sport on TV. Sport is an uncountable noun in this meaning.• In American English, you say: I like watching sports on TV.Sports is a plural noun in this meaning.2hunting [countable]DLOSPORT/GAME an activity that people do in the countryside, especially hunting or fishingthe sport of falconrya demonstration by people opposed to blood sports (=sports that involve killing animals)3helpful person [countable usually singular] (also good sport) old-fashionedHELP a helpfulcheerful person who lets you enjoy yourselfbe a sport (=used when asking someone to help you)Be a sport and lend me your bike.4 →a good sport5 →a bad/poor sport6man/boy spokena)AusETALK TO somebodyMAN used when speaking to someone, especially a man, in a friendly waySee you later, sport.b)American English old-fashionedTALK TO somebody used when speaking to a boy in a friendly way7fun [uncountable] old-fashionedENJOY/LIKE DOING somethingfun or amusementDid she torment him merely for sport?8 →make sport of somebody →field sports, water sports, winter sportsCOLLOCATIONSverbsplay (a) sportMy ambition was to play sport at the highest level.take part in (a) sportStudents are encouraged to take part in a sport of some kind. do sport British English, do sports American EnglishI did a lot of sport at school.take up a sport (=start doing it)I took up the sport six years ago.compete in a sport (=do that sport in competitions)She competed in various sports when she was young.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + sporta team sportI liked playing team sports such as football and rugby.an individual sportYou have to be mentally tough to compete in individual sports.a spectator sport (=one that people enjoy watching)Football is the most popular spectator sport.competitive sport(s) (=in which people compete and try to win)Competitive sport teaches valuable lessons which last for life.a contact sport (=one in which players have physical contact with each other)People get hurt in contact sports, but they also have fun.a winter sport (=skiing, ice skating etc)More and more people are taking up winter sports.an extreme sport (=one that is dangerous)Many teenagers are attracted to extreme sports such as snowboarding.professional sport(s) (=which people are paid to do)The kind of money involved in professional sport makes cheating inevitable.a minority sport (=one that very few people do)Minority sports rarely feature on TV.sports + NOUNa sports teamA lot of schools have their own sports teams.a sports clubShe joined her local sports club.a sports field/groundThe village has its own sports field.a sports eventIs this country able to stage a major sports event?a sports fan (=someone who enjoys watching sport)He was a big sports fan.a sports personality (=someone who is famous for playing sport)The event will be opened by a well-known sports personality.sports facilitiesAll our holiday camps have wonderful sports facilities.sports equipmenta new online store selling all kinds of sports equipmenta sports injuryThe clinic specializes in treating sports injuries.COMMON ERRORS ► Don’t say ‘make (a) sport’. Say do (a) sport or play (a) sport.THESAURUSplaces where people do sport field (also pitch British English) a large area of ground, usually covered with grass, where team sports are playedA few kids were playing on the football field.a hockey fieldstadium a large sports field with seats all around it for people to watch team sports or track and field competitionsThe atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium was amazing.a football stadiumground British English a sports field and the seats and buildings around it, belonging to a particular football, rugby, or cricket teamI met my friends inside the ground.ballpark/park American English a stadium where baseball is playedBusch Stadium is one of the newest ballparks in Major League.court an area with lines painted on the ground, for tennis, badminton, basketball, or volleyballThe hotel has four tennis courts and a volleyball court.diamond the area in a baseball field that is within the shape formed by the four bases. The diamond can also be the whole fieldThe pitcher stands in the middle of the diamond.There’s a playground, a picnic area, and a baseball diamond.track a circularpath with lines on it, for running onIn the relay, each runner runs once around the track. gym a room with machines which you can use to do exercisesHe spends an hour in the gym every day.pool/swimming pool a place where you can swimHe jumped into the deep end of the pool.I’ll meet you outside the swimming pool.sports centre British English, sports center American English a building where you can play many types of indoor sportsWhy not do exercise classes at your local sports centre?health club a small sports centre, where you pay to be a memberHow much does it cost to join a health club?