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 Chief Executive Jensen Huang said gaming revenue declined significantly as the quarter progressed and the company is adjusting prices and inventory levels in response. Asa Fitch And Colin Kellaher, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 Jorgensen has 40 years experience, most recently serving as executive vice president of special projects at Electronic Arts for five months and before that as CFO at the gaming company for ten years. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, 7 Aug. 2022 Xbox gaming hub on Samsung smart TVs Short on cash? Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2022 In the last 12 months, the casino introduced new gaming options including new craps and roulette table games and eight sports betting kiosks. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2022 One generation back isn’t a gigantic gap, and it’s a far cry from what some would call retro gaming. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 The largest tabletop gaming convention in the world returned this week, drawing tens of thousands of fans to downtown Indianapolis. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2022 EG Valorant will be put in what the organization describes as an athletics program rather than a gaming one. Jonathan Lee, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 But hiring individual security experts (on gaming, on financial transactions, on access control) may mean a lot of people literally and figuratively stepping on each other’s toes. Shankar Chandrasekhar, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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11 Aug 2022

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“Gaming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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gam·​ing | \ ˈgā-miŋ \

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: the practice of gambling

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