Game meaning

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To play computer or video games.
verb
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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.

noun
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An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime.

Party games; word games.

noun
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Crippled; lame.

A game leg.

adjective
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Any form of play or way of playing; amusement; recreation; sport; frolic; play.
noun
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A project; scheme; plan.

To see through another's game.

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(informal) A business or vocation, esp. one with an element of risk.

The stock-market game.

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A way or quality of playing in competition.

To play a good game.

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Any test of skill, courage, or endurance.

The game of life.

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Designating or of wild birds or animals hunted for sport or for use as food.
adjective
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To play cards, etc. for stakes; gamble.
verb
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(informal) To take advantage of or manipulate to one's own advantage.

To game the system, game an election.

verb
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A playful activity that may be unstructured; an amusement or pastime.

Being a child is all fun and games.

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(countable) A particular instance of playing a game; match.

Sally won the game.

They can turn the game around in the second half.

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(uncountable) Wild animals hunted for food.

The forest has plenty of game.

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(colloquial) Willing to participate.
adjective
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(of an animal) That shows a tendency to continue to fight against another animal, despite being wounded, often severely.
adjective
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(countable) An activity described by a set of rules, especially for the purpose of entertainment, often competitive or having an explicit goal.

Games in the classroom can make learning fun.

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(countable) The equipment that enables such activity, particularly as packaged under a title.

Some of the games in the closet we have on the computer as well.

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One's manner, style, or performance in playing a game.

Study can help your game of chess.

Hit the gym if you want to toughen up your game.

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(countable, informal, nearly always singular) A field of gainful activity, as an industry or profession.

When it comes to making sales, John is the best in the game.

He's in the securities game somehow.

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(countable, figuratively) Something that resembles a game with rules, despite not being designed.

In the game of life, you may find yourself playing the waiting game far too often.

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(countable, military) An exercise simulating warfare, whether computerized or involving human participants.
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(uncountable, informal, used mostly of males) The ability to seduce someone, usually by strategy.

He didn't get anywhere with her because he had no game.

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(countable) A questionable or unethical practice in pursuit of a goal; a scheme.

You want to borrow my credit card for a week? What's your game?

noun
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That which is gained, such as the stake in a game.
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The number of points necessary to win a game.

In short whist, five points are game.

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(card games) In some games, a point awarded to the player whose cards add up to the largest sum.
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Persistent, especially in senses similar to the above.
adjective
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Injured, lame (of a limb).
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(willing to participate): cautious, disinclined.
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(intransitive) To gamble.
verb
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(intransitive) To play games and be a gamer.
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To exploit loopholes in a system or bureaucracy in a way which defeats or nullifies the spirit of the rules in effect, usually to obtain a result which otherwise would be unobtainable.

We'll bury them in paperwork, and game the system.

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(slang, of males) To perform premeditated seduction strategy.
verb
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Ready and willing.

Are you game for a swim?

adjective
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The equipment needed for playing certain games.

Packed the children's games in the car.

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A particular style or manner of playing a game.

Improved my tennis game with practice.

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That which is gained by winning; victory; win.
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A set of equipment for a competitive amusement.

To sell toys and games.

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(informal) Lame or injured.
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(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.
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To manipulate dishonestly for personal gain; rig.

Executives who gamed the system to get huge payoffs.

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To play for stakes; gamble.
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Plucky and unyielding in spirit; resolute.

She put up a game fight against her detractors.

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ahead of the game
  • In a position of advantage; winning or succeeding.
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be on (one's) game
  • To play a sport with great skill.
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(informal) the only game in town
  • The only one of its kind available:
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ahead of the game
  • in the position of winning, esp. in gambling
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die game
  • to die bravely and still fighting
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game away
  • to squander or lose in gambling
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make game of
  • to make fun of; make the butt of jokes, teasing, etc.; ridicule
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off one's game
  • not performing up to one's usual level
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(informal) play the game
  • to act according to the rules of a game
  • to behave as fairness or custom requires
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The Game
  • charades
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the game is up
  • all chances for success are gone
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of game

  • Middle English from Old English gamen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English game, gamen, gammen, from Old English gamen (“sport, joy, mirth, pastime, game, amusement, pleasure”), from Proto-Germanic *gamaną (“amusement, pleasure, game", literally "participation, communion, people together”), from *ga- (collective prefix) + *mann- (“man”), equivalent to ge- +‎ man; or alternatively from *ga- + a root from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to think, have in mind”), equivalent to ge- +‎ mind. Cognate with Middle High German gamen (“joy, amusement, fun, pleasure”), Swedish gamman (“mirth, rejoicing, merriment”), Icelandic gaman (“fun”). Related to gammon, gamble.

    From Wiktionary