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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Though users did enjoy using the graphics model for light gaming and portability. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Touchscreen Laptops of 2019," 30 Apr. 2019 What this means for you: Expect to see these chips in bread-and-butter mainstream PCs, rather than high-end gaming or content creation rigs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel launches 18 9th-gen desktop Core chips, the majority without hyperthreading," 23 Apr. 2019 On Thursday, Snap hosted its first annual partner summit, announcing new features and collaborations across its platform, including lens updates for its camera, augmented reality, video and gaming. Laura Forman, WSJ, "At Snapchat, the Kids Are All Right," 5 Apr. 2019 That was also pretty much the motivation of companies like Qualcomm, which jumped on the 3D TV and gaming trends a few years back in an effort to sell more specialty high-powered processors. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Are foldable smartphones the future, whether we like them or not?," 12 Nov. 2018 For the consumer, a brick-and-mortar sportsbook may become negligible once online gaming becomes a reality, which is expected in mid-July. Ed Barkowitz,, "Sports betting comes to Atlantic City boardwalk on Thursday with opening of Ocean Resort," 27 June 2018 That, along with trading card and gaming console tournaments, can earn participants prizes. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Drink 'em all with themed cocktails and Pokémon prizes at Replay's new pop-up bar," 1 June 2018 Out went the Army’s sponsorship of a drag-racing team; in are teams of soldiers who compete in mixed martial arts, CrossFit, and competitive video gaming, or e-sports. Dave Philipps, The Seattle Times, "The Army, in need of recruits, turns focus to Seattle, other liberal-leaning cities," 2 Jan. 2019 New York City’s event could be a concert and Los Angeles’ a video-gaming event. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime Day events could include concerts, gaming with giant 25-foot boxes in NYC, LA," 3 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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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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