A person possessing the natural or acquired traits, such as strength, agility, and endurance, that are necessary for physical exercise or sports, especially those performed in competitive contexts.(noun)
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Use "athlete" in a sentence
"The screen cuts from a routine to a clip of a sportscaster interviewing the jump roper, using the word athlete to describe him."
"I know it's golf so the term athlete is debateable but what about Curtis Strange. sure had me fooled."
"So what do you call the athlete who has no intention of waking up at 5 a.m. to train but who still wants to win?"