\ ˈwȯr-ˌgām \
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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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 Experts say Pompeo will have to coax significant reciprocal steps from North Korea that would firmly lock the country into a process of disarmament to justify the suspension of the U.S.-South Korea war games. Washington Post, "Doubts on North Korean denuclearization shadow Pompeo visit," 2 July 2018 Rinkevics, whose country helped host these exercises, is confident the war games will continue. Time, "Trump Is Trying to Dismantle the World Order. Is NATO Next on His List?," 22 June 2018 Appearing to catch both South Korea and the Pentagon by surprise, last week Trump promised to end war games with South Korea, after meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Fox News, "Pentagon confirms halt of August war games with South Korea," 18 June 2018 An agreement signed by Trump and Kim at the summit does not have any mention of suspending war games. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: IG report could be day of reckoning; 'War games' to be cancelled after Trump-Kim summit," 14 June 2018 But one previous attendee is noticeably absent from this year’s war games: China. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's Not Coming to America's Big Pacific War Games This Time," 28 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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