- The definition of a game is something you play for fun, sport or as a competitive activity.
- An example of a game is basketball.
- An example of a game is poker or go fish.
- An example of a game is the board, houses and other parts of Monopoly.
Two children play a game of checkers.
game definition by Webster's New World
- any form of play or way of playing; amusement; recreation; sport; frolic; play
- any specific contest, engagement, amusement, computer simulation, or sport involving physical or mental competition under specific rules, as football, chess, or war games
- a single contest in such a competition: to win two out of three games
- Tennis a subdivision of a set (), consisting of a series of at least four consecutive serves by a single player
- a subdivision of any of certain other contests
- the number of points required for winning: the game is 25
- the score at any given point in a competition: at the half the game was 7 to 6
- that which is gained by winning; victory; win
- a set of equipment for a competitive amusement: to sell toys and games
- a way or quality of playing in competition: to play a good game
- any test of skill, courage, or endurance: the game of life
- a project; scheme; plan: to see through another's game
- wild birds or animals hunted for sport or for use as food
- the flesh of such creatures used as food
- fair game (sense )
- Informal a business or vocation, esp. one with an element of risk: the stock-market game
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English gamen, akin to Old Frisian game, Old High German gaman ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form gwhemb-, to leap merrily
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
game definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime: party games; word games.
- a. A competitive activity or sport in which players contend with each other according to a set of rules: the game of basketball; the game of gin rummy.b. A single instance of such an activity: We lost the first game.c. games An organized athletic program or contest: track-and-field games; took part in the winter games.d. A period of competition or challenge: It was too late in the game to change the schedule of the project.
- a. The total number of points required to win a game: One hundred points is game in bridge.b. The score accumulated at any given time in a game: The game is now 14 to 12.
- The equipment needed for playing certain games: packed the children's games in the car.
- A particular style or manner of playing a game: improved my tennis game with practice.
- Informal a. An active interest or pursuit, especially one involving competitive engagement or adherence to rules: “the way the system operates, the access game, the turf game, the image game” (Hedrick Smith).b. A business or occupation; a line: the insurance game.c. An illegal activity; a racket.
- Informal a. Evasive, trifling, or manipulative behavior: wanted a straight answer, not more of their tiresome games.b. A calculated strategy or approach; a scheme: I saw through their game from the very beginning.
- Mathematics A model of a competitive situation that identifies interested parties and stipulates rules governing all aspects of the competition, used in game theory to determine the optimal course of action for an interested party.
- a. Wild animals, birds, or fish hunted for food or sport.b. The flesh of these animals, eaten as food.
- a. An object of attack, ridicule, or pursuit: The press considered the candidate's indiscretions to be game.b. Mockery; sport: The older children teased and made game of the newcomer.
- Plucky and unyielding in spirit; resolute: She put up a game fight against her detractors.
- Ready and willing: Are you game for a swim?
Origin: Middle English, from Old English gamen.
- gameˈly adverb
- gameˈness noun
adjective gam·er, gam·est
Origin: Origin unknown.
game - Phrases/Idioms
ahead of the gameâ
make game of
off one's game
play the gameInformal
- to act according to the rules of a game
- to behave as fairness or custom requires
the game is up
ahead of the game
the only game in town