\ 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador, recalled its own envoy and pulled out of joint war games. Selcan Hacaoglu, Bloomberg.com, "Turkey Sends Virus Gear to Ex-Ally Israel in ‘Humanitarian’ Step," 13 May 2020 All of them describe the same dire scenarios, the same war games, the same cries of being woefully unprepared. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 8 Apr. 2020 Saul returns to the White House to let Hot Evil Hugh Dancy in on a little secret: The President's helicopter crashed because of mechanical failure, and everything Hot Evil Hugh Dancy has predicated his war games on is wrong. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Homeland series finale recap: Goodbye to you, America," 27 Apr. 2020 On a gray Monday in October 2018, a group of biomedical scientists convened in Saranac Lake, New York, to conduct a war game. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The Curve Is Not Flat Enough," 28 Mar. 2020 Of course, in a medium dominated by shooters and war games, Animal Crossing always seemed to present a kinder, more subtle mode of play. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, "Finding Connection During Quarantine with Animal Crossing: New Horizons," 21 Mar. 2020 But all of the war games show if a war starts, the war will generally start in operational domains where attribution is difficult. CBS News, "Transcript: Former top defense official Robert Work on "Intelligence Matters"," 11 Mar. 2020 To fight this inequity, the research nonprofit RAND selected 14 college women who are bound for defense careers to participate in a simulated war game. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 8/26-8/30," 30 Aug. 2019 The tug-of-war game began immediately when Thompson scored the game’s opening 10 points only to see Bonnette come roaring back with the next 10 points. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bonnette 8B girls drop third-place game in San Jacinto Invitational," 15 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of war-game


1942, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“War-game.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/war-game. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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