\ 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

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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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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 Following his June meeting with Kim Trump promised to end the war games with South Korea. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Trump says 'no reason' for costly US-South Korea war games, relationship with Kim Jong Un is 'very good'," 29 Aug. 2018 Six thousand miles away, Israel’s elite cyber intelligence Unit 8200 has been running war games in anticipation of Iranian strikes on Israeli computer networks. New York Times, "Without Nuclear Deal, U.S. Expects Resurgence in Iranian Cyberattacks," 11 May 2018 Trump’s abrupt cancelling of joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula after his meeting with Kim has also raised questions about whether war games in Europe could suffer a similar fate. Time, "Trump Is Trying to Dismantle the World Order. Is NATO Next on His List?," 22 June 2018 Its clever trick is using the stakes and atmosphere of a war game to make the non-shooting activities feel genuinely rewarding. T.c. Sottek, The Verge, "Battlefield V’s single-player stories are the right way to do war games," 20 Nov. 2018 The Chinese media touted the Chinese involvement in the maneuvers as the country’s largest-ever dispatch of forces abroad for war games. Sergei Grits, The Seattle Times, "Russia launches biggest war games in decades involving China," 11 Sep. 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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