\ ˈwȯr-ˌgām How to pronounce war-game (audio) \
war-gamed; war-gaming; war-games

Definition of war-game

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to plan or conduct in the manner of a war game war-gamed an invasionNewsweek

intransitive verb

: to conduct a war game

war game


Definition of war game (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a simulated battle or campaign to test military concepts and usually conducted in conferences by officers acting as the opposing staffs
2 : a two-sided umpired training maneuver with actual elements of the armed forces participating

Examples of war-game in a Sentence

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New techniques have enabled AI systems to do things that would have been impossible just a few years ago, from writing stories to creating fake faces to, most relevantly to LAWS, making instantaneous tactical decisions in online war games. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Death by algorithm: the age of killer robots is closer than you think," 21 June 2019 The rest of his films show me as a child in Kew Gardens, skating and playing war games in the woods, then later at a camp in the Adirondacks, where I was sent with my brother from 1949 until 1955. Danny Lyon, The New York Review of Books, "Home Is Where the Heart Is: A Return to Perry, Utah," 31 May 2019 Last October, in Norway, NATO conducted its largest training exercise since the end of the Cold War—two-weeks of war games involving 50,000 troops from 31 nations. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Scenes from the new Cold War unfolding at the top of the world," 8 May 2019 China won big at the summit after Trump made surprising pledges to suspend war games with South Korea and eventually pull U.S. troops from there. Washington Post, "China winner from summit but wary of closer US-N. Korea ties," 13 June 2018 In recent months, China has increased Taiwan's diplomatic isolation and stepped up military threats by sending warplanes on patrols around the island and staging war games on its side of the Taiwan Strait. Fox News, "Taiwan's Kinmen island begins importing water from China," 6 Aug. 2018 Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Wednesday sounded a note of caution about the move to cancel the war games. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Trump’s Approach on North Korea a Test of Ties With Asian Allies," 13 June 2018 Pavel Golovkin/AP Two months later, a too-real NATO war game — Able Archer 83 — made the Soviets believe Western forces were preparing for an actual attack. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you," 19 Oct. 2018 The war games, which finished last week, has become a major part of NATO’s deterrence measures against Russia and offers a chance for troops to focus on speed. Carlo Angerer /, NBC News, "NATO focuses on speed in the Baltics amid worries over Russia," 23 June 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of war game

: a military training activity that is done to prepare for fighting in a war

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