game: meaning and definitions

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What is game?

What is game?

  • An activity providing entertainment or amusement; a pastime: party games; word games.
  • A competitive activity or sport in which players contend with each other according to a set of rules: the game of basketball; the game of gin rummy.
  • A single instance of such an activity: We lost the first game.
  • An organized athletic program or contest: track-and-field games; took part in the winter games.
  • A period of competition or challenge: It was too late in the game to change the schedule of the project.
  • The total number of points required to win a game: One hundred points is game in bridge.
  • The score accumulated at any given time in a game: The game is now 14 to 12.
  • The equipment needed for playing certain games: packed the children's games in the car.
  • A particular style or manner of playing a game: improved my tennis game with practice.
  • Informal An active interest or pursuit, especially one involving competitive engagement or adherence to rules: "the way the system operates, the access game, the turf game, the image game” ( Hedrick Smith).
  • Informal A business or occupation; a line: the insurance game.
  • Informal An illegal activity; a racket.
  • Informal Evasive, trifling, or manipulative behavior: wanted a straight answer, not more of their tiresome games.
  • Informal A calculated strategy or approach; a scheme: I saw through their game from the very beginning.
  • Mathematics A model of a competitive situation that identifies interested parties and stipulates rules governing all aspects of the competition, used in game theory to determine the optimal course of action for an interested party.
  • Wild animals, birds, or fish hunted for food or sport.
  • The flesh of these animals, eaten as food.
  • An object of attack, ridicule, or pursuit: The press considered the candidate's indiscretions to be game.
  • Mockery; sport: The older children teased and made game of the newcomer.
  • Archaic To waste or lose by gambling.
  • To play for stakes; gamble.
  • Plucky and unyielding in spirit; resolute: She put up a game fight against her detractors.
  • Ready and willing: Are you game for a swim?
  • ahead of the game In a position of advantage; winning or succeeding.
  • the only game in town Informal The only one of its kind available: "He's the only game in town for the press to write about” ( Leonard Garment).

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