\ 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 Activision Blizzard, which makes the war game Call of Duty, predicted an 11 percent sales decline from a year earlier in its next quarter. New York Times, 30 May 2021 Is there friction between the idea of a violent war game and supporting veterans? Erik Kain, Forbes, 29 May 2021 During one recent war game simulating a Chinese attack on Taiwan, USAF planners reportedly relegated the service’s F-35s to defensive missions. David Axe, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 The Dynamic Guard war game was defensive in nature. David Axe, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The war game, which was staged over two weeks in November of 1983, simulated the procedures that NATO would go through prior to a nuclear launch. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, 29 Nov. 2020 And starting in September, NATO staged its annual series of elaborate war games known as Autumn Forge, culminating in a nuclear war game called Exercise Able Archer '83. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, 29 Nov. 2020 Zulfikar Ramzan, chief technology officer at RSA Security, a global cybersecurity company, tells about a global bank that ran a war game to help solve a problem its chief information-security officer was having. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, 24 Sep. 2020 Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador, recalled its own envoy and pulled out of joint war games. Selcan Hacaoglu, Bloomberg.com, 13 May 2020

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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 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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