game changer

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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 Here's a closer look at what happened in 2019: Third grade reading law will be game changer, supporters say This is a really big deal. al, "From last place in math to more charter schools, the top Alabama education stories in 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Artificial intelligence and machine learning can be powerful game changers for the industry. Yilian Yuan, STAT, "Artificial intelligence and machine learning can be the backbones of a drug launch playbook," 17 Dec. 2019 The Wilson Clash 100 racket is literally a game changer. Popular Science, "I tried a bajillion new products this year. Here are 17 you should actually buy.," 16 Dec. 2019 On thousands of acres at Lakeside Organic Gardens, where Juan Gonzalez's team grows than 50 different vegetable varieties, the rescue efforts have been a game changer. CBS News, "Is "ugly produce" the key to our food waste problem?," 12 Oct. 2019 The Italian edition of Forbes magazine named him one of Italy's top five internet game changers, and a former health minister nominated him for Italy's gold medal in public health. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This Italian scientist has become a celebrity by fighting vaccine skeptics," 2 Jan. 2020 This summer, the epic Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport opened its tarmac in southern Israel, a game changer for the country which until now, has operated internationally solely out of Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Brandon Presser, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 20 Best Places to Travel in 2020," 30 Dec. 2019 Completing an oral immunotherapy program is a lifestyle game changer. Charles Feng, STAT, "Oral immunotherapy can be a game changer for many with food allergies," 11 Dec. 2019 To make a shoestring tackle like that on third-and-1, that is an absolute game changer. Colleen Kane,, "After a 1st-quarter shock, the Bears defense recovers to shut down rookie quarterback David Blough and the Lions," 28 Nov. 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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23 Jan 2020

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“Game changer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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