game changer

variants: or game-changer

Definition of game changer

: a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way

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Other Words from game changer

game-changing adjective
a game-changing discovery

Examples of game changer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The joint effort to identify needs and then get those needs funded has been a game changer and has made Houston a city that other areas look to as an example. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Katy-area moms spotlight problem of human trafficking," 8 Sep. 2019 Murphy’s acquisition of power-hitting Donn Clendenon — an early-season holdout — at the 1969 trade deadline was also a game changer. New York Times, "What Brodie Van Wagenen Can Learn From the Architect of the ’69 Mets," 22 July 2019 Plenty of people have chimed in about how the wireless headphones have been a game changer. Teen Vogue, "AirPods Pro Tips and Tricks," 30 Oct. 2019 For the individual market, an increase in enrollees transferring out of the employer segment is a potential game changer, dwarfing current sources of growth. Kathy Hempstead, STAT, "The HRA rule could be a game changer for health insurance," 22 Oct. 2019 But his pledge to annex the Jordan Valley, which covers about one-third of the occupied West Bank, as well as all Israeli settlements in that occupied territory is a game changer. Trudy Rubin, The Mercury News, "Rubin: Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation vow risks Israeli security," 16 Sep. 2019 Given Philly's inability to move the ball on the ground last year, Sanders could be a game changer. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL season: 100 names to know as Week 1 kicks off," 8 Sep. 2019 So many of the people who refuse to shop online complain about not being able to try clothes on, so Prime Wardrobe is a game changer as far as convenience. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Prime Wardrobe," 28 Aug. 2019 However, if GJ 357 d does turn out to have an atmosphere, this could be a game changer, according to a report that will be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Los Angeles Times, "Astronomers found a planet where life might thrive, and it’s just 31 light-years away," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of game changer

1993, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of game changer was in 1993

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27 Nov 2019

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“Game changer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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Financial Definition of game changer

What It Is

A game changer is a person or thing that radically changes an industry or a company.

How It Works

For instance, when Apple introduced the iPod, the product was a game changer. It revolutionized the way in which music was purchased and consumed. Though other companies had already launched MP3 players, Apple's product had a more attractive design, a big marketing budget, and, most important, a music platform (iTunes) that virtually dictated how music would be distributed going forward.

Why It Matters

Game changers are disruptive. They are sometimes crazy ideas. But if they work, they can be wildly lucrative. Unfortunately, they don't come along often.

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