1nounan amusement or pastime: children’s games.the material or equipment used in playing certain games: a store selling toys and games.a competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance on the part of two or more persons who play according to a set of rules, usually for their own amusement or for that of spectators.a single occasion of such an activity, or a definite portion of one: the final game of the season; a rubber of three games at bridge.the number of points required to win a game.the score at a particular stage in a game: With five minutes to play, the game was 7 to 0.a particular manner or style of playing a game: Her game of chess is improving.anything resembling a game, as in requiring skill, endurance, or adherence to rules: the game of diplomacy.a trick or strategy: to see through someone’s game.fun; sport of any kind; joke: That’s about enough of your games.wild animals, including birds and fishes, such as are hunted for food or taken for sport or profit.the flesh of such wild animals or other game, used as food: a dish of game.any object of pursuit, attack, abuse, etc.: The new boy at school seemed to be fair game for practical jokers. Informal. a business or profession: He’s in the real-estate game. Archaic. fighting spirit; pluck.adjective, gam·er, gam·est.pertaining to or composed of animals hunted or taken as game or to their flesh.having a fighting spirit; plucky. Informal. having the required spirit or will (often followed by for or an infinitive): Who’s game for a hike through the woods?verb (used without object), gamed, gam·ing.to play games of chance for stakes; gamble.to play computer or video games.verb (used with object), gamed, gam·ing.to squander in gaming (usually followed by away).to manipulate to one’s advantage, especially by trickery; attempt to take advantage of: The policy is flawed and many people try to game the system.RELATED WORDSinjured, play, sport, business, contest, tournament, competition, meeting, round, match, gallant, dogged, bold, hardy, inclined, disposed, prepared, spirited, eager, interestedNearby wordsgambol, gambrel, gambrel roof, gambrinus, gambusia, game, game bird, game chips, game face, game fish, game fowlIdioms die game, to die after a brave struggle. to remain steadfast or in good spirits at the moment of defeat: He knew that as a candidate he didn’t have a chance in the world, but he campaigned anyway and died game. make game of, to make fun of; ridicule: to make game of the weak and defenseless. off (or on) one’s game, Sports. playing very badly (or very well). not functioning (or functioning) at one’s usual level: She’s been off her game since she came back from vacation. play games, to act in an evasive, deceitful, manipulative, or trifling manner in dealing with others: Don’t play games with me—I want to know if you love me or not!play the game, Informal. to act or play in accordance with the rules. to act honorably or justly: We naively assumed that our allies would continue to play the game.Origin of game1before 1000; Middle English gamen, Old English gaman; cognate with Old High German gaman gleeRelated formsgame·less, adjectivegame·like, adjectivegame·ness, nounun·game·like, adjectiveDefinition for game (2 of 2)Origin of game21780–90; perhaps shortening of gammy, though change in vowel unclearDictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019Examples from the Web for gameThis is going to be the Game of Thrones of U.S. Senate races.Think of it as Game of Thrones—if you subtract the sex and violence and add drunken revelry and singing.And that gets to the heart of what makes the game so incredible: By staying silent, it turns the player into the game master.The game never congratulates me for my work, or even acknowledges it at all.The loss of this “expectation” game began his decline and ultimate withdrawal from the race.A minute or two after the game was over Mr. Westinghouse, the chaplain, came into the drawing-room.You made some capital shots, though, and if I hadn’t been so lucky, you would have come out the victor in every game.It was a game paradise, and the snow-shoe rabbit abounded in thousands.Kazan|James Oliver CurwoodThey had reached the village before Ned had began to speak of anything more important than the weather or the game.Hounds like Bluey and Brutus run by sight alone; they have no nose, and the moment they cannot see their game they are lost.British Dictionary definitions for game (1 of 2)game1nounan amusement or pastime; diversiona contest with rules, the result being determined by skill, strength, or chancea single period of play in such a contest, sport, etcthe score needed to win a contesta single contest in a series; match(plural; often capital) an event consisting of various sporting contests, esp in athleticsOlympic Games; Highland Gamesequipment needed for playing certain gamesstyle or ability in playing a gamehe is a keen player but his game is not gooda scheme, proceeding, etc, practised like a gamethe game of politicsan activity undertaken in a spirit of levity; jokemarriage is just a game to him wild animals, including birds and fish, hunted for sport, food, or profit (as modifier)game lawsthe flesh of such animals, used as food: generally taken not to include fishan object of pursuit; quarry; prey (esp in the phrase fair game)informal work or occupationinformal a trick, strategy, or deviceI can see through your little gameobsolete pluck or courage; braveryslang, mainly British prostitution (esp in the phrase on the game)give the game away to reveal one’s intentions or a secretmake game of or make a game of to make fun of; ridicule; mockoff one’s game playing badlyon one’s game playing wellplay the game to behave fairly or in accordance with rulesthe game is up there is no longer a chance of successadjectiveinformal full of fighting spirit; plucky; bravegame as Ned Kelly or as game as Ned Kelly Australian informal extremely brave; indomitable(usually foll by for) informal prepared or ready; willingI’m game for a tryverb(intr) to play games of chance for money, stakes, etc; gambleDerived Formsgamelike, adjectiveWord Origin for gameOld English gamen; related to Old Norse gaman, Old High German gaman amusementBritish Dictionary definitions for game (2 of 2)game2adjectivea less common word for lame 1 game legWord Origin for gameC18: probably from Irish cam crookedCollins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012Idioms and Phrases with gamegameIn addition to the idioms beginning with gamegame is not worth the candle, thegame is up, thegame that two can play, that’s aalso see: ahead of the gameat this stage (of the game)badger gamebeat someone at his or her own gamecall someone’s bluff (game)confidence gameend gamefair gamefun and games give away (the game)losing battle (game)name of the gameonly game in townplay a waiting gameplay gamesplay the gamewaiting gamewhole new ball game.The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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