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Verbs and Phrasal Verbs About Sport

Many verbs have different meanings, however this section deals with verbs and phrasal verbs connected with sport. An example is provided only where the verb is commonly used in everyday conversation.

One irregular verb in bold is shown in all its forms.


The Verb (infinitive form) The Meaning An example
( Simple Past Tense)
To bowl To throw a ball. He bowled ten fast balls. Regular
To catch To grab hold of something, especially something that is moving through the air. Luckily he caught the ball before it crossed the line. Irregular
To cheat To break the rules in order to win.
He cheated by taking steroids. Regular
To compete To take part in a race or competition. She has competed in all the London marathons. Regular
To dribble To move a ball along the ground with repeated small kicks or hits. She dribbled the ball into the goal. Regular
To draw To equal the score in a contest sport. They tied 1:1. Irregular
To head To hit a ball with your head.

Owen headed the ball into the back of the net. Regular
To hit To swing your hand or an object onto something so that it touches it, usually with force. He hit the ball over the wall. Irregular
To jog To move along at a slow, steady, jolting pace as a form of exercise. He jogs to work every morning. Regular
To lose To fail to win a game.
They have lost every match this season. Irregular
To play To take active part in a game or sport. He couldn't play because of an injury. Regular
To race To attempt to be first. Michael Schumaker had been racing for many years before he retired. Regular

To ride

To sit on a horse or a bicycle and travel along on it controlling its movements. She rode very well. Irregular
To run To move along alot faster than walking. They ran together for a mile. Irregular
To score To obtain a point, goal etc. in a competitive activity. When he scored the crowd went wild. Regular
To skate To move, or make a particular movement on a surface, using skates, They skated past the finish line. Regular
To ski To move over snow on skis.
She was only happy when she was skiing. Regular
To sprint To run as fast as you can over a short distance. He sprinted over the finish line. Regular
To swim To move through water by moving the body or parts of the body, He swam as fast as he could. Irregular
To tackle To try to take the ball from a player in the other team. He was booked when he tackled the goal keeper. Regular
To tie To equal the score in a contest sport. They tied 1:1. Regular
To win
To finish in first place in a race. They won the match 3 nil. Irregular

Phrasal Verbs

The Phrasal Verb The Meaning An example
( Simple Past Tense)
To knock out To hit someone so hard they become unconscious.
He was knocked out in the first round.
To take part To be involved in an activity with other people. She enjoyed taking part in the sports day.
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