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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 The war game was organized in partnership with the D.C.-based think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Carol E. Lee, NBC News, 12 May 2022 The war game simulated Chinese forces beginning their campaign by trying to take out the nearest US bases in places like Guam and Japan. Brad Lendon And Ivan Watson, CNN, 31 May 2022 The war game contains other elements of recent cyberattacks in Ukraine, said Rain Ottis, a professor of cyber operations at Tallinn University of Technology who helped organize this year’s Locked Shields. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2022 Just a few days after Boeing delivered the second F-15EX test plane, the two Eagle IIs in early May flew to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska for a sprawling aerial war game called Northern Edge 2021. David Axe, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 The only way for liberals to win the right's radicalizing culture-war game is not to play. Damon Linker, The Week, 1 Apr. 2022 The nation’s biggest utilities run an elaborate war game every two years, simulating such an attack. New York Times, 16 Jan. 2022 The nation's biggest utilities run a war game every two years, simulating such an attack. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 16 Jan. 2022 The Pentagon must identify emerging threats, and war game against future domestic terrorist acts. Brig. Gen. Steve Anderson (retired), CBS News, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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