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game

noun \ ˈgām \

Definition of game

1 a (1) : activity engaged in for diversion or amusement : play
(2) : the equipment for a game
b : often derisive or mocking jesting : fun, sport
  • make game of a nervous player
2 a : a procedure or strategy for gaining an end : tactic
b : an illegal or shady scheme or maneuver : racket
3 a (1) : a physical or mental competition conducted according to rules with the participants in direct opposition to each other
(2) : a division of a larger contest
(3) : the number of points necessary to win
(4) : points scored in certain card games (as in all fours) by a player whose cards count up the highest
(5) : the manner of playing in a contest
(6) : the set of rules governing a game
(7) : a particular aspect or phase of play in a game or sport
  • a football team's kicking game
b games plural : organized athletics
c (1) : a field of gainful activity : line
  • the newspaper game
(2) : any activity undertaken or regarded as a contest involving rivalry, strategy, or struggle
  • the dating game
  • the game of politics
; also : the course or period of such an activity
  • got into aviation early in the game
(3) : area of expertise : specialty 3
  • comedy is not my game
4 a (1) : animals under pursuit or taken in hunting; especially : wild animals hunted for sport or food
(2) : the flesh of game animals
b archaic : pluck
c : a target or object especially of ridicule or attack often used in the phrase fair game

gamelike

play \ˈgām-līk\ adjective

Examples of game in a Sentence

  1. poker and other gambling games

  2. She scored a goal to tie the game.

  3. We played a few games of chess.

  4. That was a good game!

  5. She won the first two games, but lost the set and the match.

  6. children playing at their games

  7. They are known to play a very rough game.

  8. She has a strong all-around game.

  9. She needs to improve her game if she wants to win the championship.

  10. a football team with a strong running game

Origin and Etymology of game

Middle English game, gamen "delight, amusement, play, contest, pursuit of animals in sport," going back to Old English gamen, gomen "amusement, jest, pastime," going back to Germanic *gamano- (whence Old Saxon & Old High German gaman "amusement," Old Norse gaman "sport, amusement"), of uncertain origin

Synonym Discussion of game

fun, jest, sport, game, play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter. fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose.
    • played cards just for fun
jest implies lack of earnestness and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing.
    • hurt by remarks said only in jest
sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone.
    • teasing begun in sport led to anger
game is close to sport, and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun.
    • made game of their poor relations
play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief.
    • pretended to strangle his brother in play

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game

verb

Definition of game

gamed; gaming
intransitive verb
: to play for a stake
transitive verb
1 archaic : to lose or squander by gambling
2 : to take dishonest advantage of : cheat
  • game the tax system

Origin and Etymology of game

derivative of 1game


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game

adjective

Definition of game

1 a : having or showing a resolute unyielding spirit
b : willing or ready to proceed
  • were game for anything
2 : of or relating to game
  • game laws

gamely

adverb

gameness

noun

Origin and Etymology of game

derivative of 1game (earliest in phrase to die game "to meet death resolutely")


4

game

adjective

Definition of game

: lame
  • a game leg

Origin and Etymology of game

of obscure origin


GAME Defined for English Language Learners

game

noun

Definition of game for English Language Learners

  • : a physical or mental activity or contest that has rules and that people do for pleasure

  • : a particular occurrence of a game

  • : one of the games that are part of a larger contest (such as a tennis match)


GAME Defined for Kids

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game

noun \ ˈgām \

Definition of game for Students

1 : a contest or sport played according to rules with the players in direct opposition to each other
2 : the manner of playing in a game or contest
  • She has improved her game.
3 : playful activity : something done for amusement
  • The children were happy at their games.
4 : animals hunted for sport or for food
5 : the meat from animals hunted for food

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game

adjective

Definition of game for Students

gamer; gamest
1 : willing or ready to do something
  • I'm game to try a new restaurant.
2 : full of spirit or eagerness
  • She remained game to the end.
3 : relating to or being animals that are hunted
  • the game laws
  • game birds

gamely

adverb
  • … he panted for breath as he stumbled gamely on.
  • —Brian Jacques, Redwall

Law Dictionary

game

intransitive verb

legal Definition of game

gamed; gaming
: to play for a stake : gamble


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