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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Some believe Jen's entrenchment in the gaming world points to a case of untreated depression. Glamour, "Broken Harts, Episode 7: 'Stone-Cold Narcissist'," 22 Jan. 2019 Blizzard may only have seven active games listed on its launcher at the moment, but that list includes some of the biggest in the gaming world. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Blizzard shifts developers away from Heroes of the Storm," 14 Dec. 2018 The gaming world is actually really big, and New Japan really doesn’t understand that yet. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: Who Is The Best World Champion Right Now?," 27 June 2018 Find out what this ambitious console implies about the future of gaming. Pcworld Staff, PCWorld, "PCWorld's February Digital Magazine: Inside Project Athena," 6 Feb. 2019 But a swanky, state-of-the-art 3D game doesn't quite capture the allure of retro gaming. Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Console Is a Great Gift for Retro Gamers," 7 Nov. 2018 The company’s new Disney Play app is pulling its own style of mobile gaming into the queue. Dewayne Bevil,, "New Play Disney Parks app brings mobile gaming into ride lines," 2 July 2018 Yet the most striking moment during the weeklong celebration of gaming was something far more simple: a kiss. Todd Martens,, "Surviving as a single-player in video game's multiplayer world," 20 June 2018 Is extrapolating from a few hours' worth of press briefings and demos to a cohesive analysis of the prospects of gaming at large isn't a foolproof venture? Julie Muncy, WIRED, "January Is the New November, and Other Surprising E3 Trends," 15 June 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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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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