\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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 No decisions on subsequent war games have been made. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Pentagon Suspends Major War Game With South Korea," 18 June 2018 North Korean state media highlighted President Donald Trump’s concessions on war games, while lauding the Singapore summit with their leader Kim Jong Un and the U.S. president, Reuters reported Tuesday. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "North Korean state media highlights U.S. concession on war games," 13 June 2018 Unfortunate @realDonaldTrump spoke of US-RoK exercises as provocative war games. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Suspends ‘Provocative’ War Games With South Korea," 12 June 2018 North Korea had long sought an end to the war games. NBC News, "U.S. prepares for North Korea's return of American war remains," 23 June 2018 As of Monday, the Pentagon still did not have an answer to Mr. Trump’s other big complaint: the cost of the war games. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Pentagon Suspends Major War Game With South Korea," 18 June 2018 Zoo officials started holding the tug-of-war game in 2016 for stimulation for the big cats, My San Antonio reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Lion vs. WWE wrestlers, who wins tug-of-war battle?," 15 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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