gam·​ing | \ˈgā-miŋ \

Definition of gaming 

1 : the practice of gambling

2a : the playing of games that simulate actual conditions (as of business or war) especially for training or testing purposes

b : the playing of video games

Examples of gaming in a Sentence

He does a lot of gaming online.

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The company, which owns WeChat and is a major shareholder of Spotify and Snapchat, derives most of its revenue from the gaming industry. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Tencent will soon require Chinese users to present IDs to play its video games," 5 Nov. 2018 Now the Party’s crackdown is taking a heavy toll on the gaming industry, which suffered its slowest revenue growth in at least a decade in the first half. James Freeman, WSJ, "Non-Crazy Rich Asians and Trump," 12 Sep. 2018 The gaming industry’s finally pushing towards the graphics Holy Grail, real-time ray tracing. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are loaded with boundary-pushing graphics tech," 20 Aug. 2018 The three-year sponsorship, worth about $225,000, includes help developing a range of e-sports programs such as a Women in Gaming initiative to help students explore careers in the gaming industry, according to university spokeswoman Carole Love. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "Twitch lands NBA 2K League; Cal e-sports finds sponsor," 18 Apr. 2018 Similar to Nintendo’s mini-consoles, Sony is even replicating some of the frustrating elements of 32-bit gaming, including a lack of wireless gamepads. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Sony’s PlayStation Classic is as simple and fun as you’d expect," 8 Nov. 2018 In popular culture as well as the gaming and fantasy world, rogues are often characterized by quick wit or malevolent silence, cunning and charisma, deft hands and fast feet, and skill with sharp objects. Patricia Grisafi, SELF, "When I’m Gaming, I Can Stop Being a People Pleaser and Embrace My Anger," 1 Nov. 2018 After conquering basements and living rooms, the company is eyeing a deeper move into competitive gaming, known as esports. Katie Roof, WSJ, "Fortnite Creator Epic Games Valued at Nearly $15 Billion," 26 Oct. 2018 In its current state, internet addiction research focuses primarily on compulsion around gaming, gambling, and pornography—studying specific uses of the internet rather than the overarching issue itself. Carrie Battan, Harper's BAZAAR, "Escaping the Seduction of Your Smartphone," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of gaming

1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gaming

game entry 1 or game entry 2 + -ing entry 1

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The first known use of gaming was in 1501

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English Language Learners Definition of gaming

: the activity of playing computer games

: the act or activity of gambling


gam·​ing | \ˈgā-miŋ\

Kids Definition of gaming

: the practice of gambling

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