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

Definition of gaming

1 : the practice or activity of playing games for stakes : gambling After a six-decade absence, casino gaming makes its return next month to this Southern Indiana valley, once famous for luxury resorts that attracted the nation's elite.— Michael Rubino often used before another noun the gaming industry
2 : the practice or activity of playing computer or video games online gaming I think handheld wireless devices will lead to interesting new styles of gaming.— John Carmack When most people think of computer gaming, they envision some things that aren't exactly politically correct. Things like blazing lasers, spattering blood and beheaded aliens. However, Internet gaming really does offer something for everyone.— Kim Komando

Examples of gaming in a Sentence

He does a lot of gaming online.
Recent Examples on the Web Globally, in 2020 video gaming revenue totaled $167.9 billion, with projections to total $287.1 billion in 2026. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 3 June 2021 But gaming hasn’t exactly been a standout feature on MacBooks, regardless of processor type. Chris Smith, BGR, 31 May 2021 If gaming is the market, Apple has argued, then there are many competitors — like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo — so Apple cannot have a monopoly. New York Times, 21 May 2021 Due to decreased latency, gaming should be a better experience, with way fewer instances of lag. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2021 The Legislative Services Agency has estimated that a 20% tax on net gaming revenue at the casinos would raise $260 million to $393 million a year. Mike Cason |, al, 17 Apr. 2021 Total gaming revenue for February was $258.5 illion, a 6% drop from $275 million in the same period last year, according to the Division of Gaming Enforcement. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2021 The casino will pay 5% of its gaming revenue to the parish, according to the company, which is projected to generate about $7.5 million annually. Sara Pagones | Staff Writer,, 1 Feb. 2021 The company’s gaming revenue totaled $11.4 billion for the fiscal year ended last June, and analysts are expecting a jump of 17% for the current fiscal year, according to consensus estimates from Visible Alpha. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2021

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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 3 + -ing entry 1

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12 Jun 2021

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“Gaming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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