gam·​ing | \ ˈgā-miŋ How to pronounce gaming (audio) \

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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Online gaming can be fun and is sometimes a good way to meet people from all over the globe. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "EA's Origin had security flaws that could have put up to 300M at risk for identity theft," 26 June 2019 Increasingly, libraries are offering free programs around music, gaming and health and welfare issues geared to young people. Elizabeth Reyes Serrano, The Mercury News, "Not a quiet place anymore: Libraries offer music, gamer lounge to connect with youth," 21 June 2019 The company is backed by two Chinese tech giants—search giant Baidu and gaming and social media firm Tencent. Echo Huang, Quartz, "One of China’s top venture capital-backed EV startups is nowhere to be seen," 21 June 2019 This is a year in which cloud gaming and streaming will be buzzy topics on the E3 show floor; these are tech innovations that could put games in the hands of those not interested in pricey computers of consoles. Todd Martens,, "E3 2019: Is the video game industry ready for pop-culture saturation?," 10 June 2019 For now, though, this early test in ideal conditions shows that responsive streaming gaming should at least be possible. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Project Xcloud demo of Halo 5 nearly indistinguishable from local play," 10 June 2019 Thankfully, that's not the case; the days of split-screen gaming are far from over. Robert Carnevale, WIRED, "Party Time! 12 Amazingly Addictive Couch Co-op Games," 22 June 2019 There were big reveals, flashy press conferences, cool trailers, and even a glimpse of how the future of gaming could change in the years to come. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "E3 2019: the most important stories from gaming’s biggest week," 14 June 2019 Other evidence supports the impending boom: By 2021, India’s gaming industry will be worth over $1 billion with 190 million games, a KPMG study estimates. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "These three segments have set online entertainment on fire in India," 11 June 2019

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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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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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