game Definition

  • 1an activity that one engages in for amusement or fun
  • 2a 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
  • 3wild animals hunted for sport or food

Using game: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "game" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We played a game of chess.

  • Example

    The Olympic Games are held every four years.

  • Example

    He went hunting for game in the forest.

  • Example

    She enjoys playing video games in her free time.

game Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for game

Idioms Using game

  • the essential or most important aspect of something


    In this business, networking is the name of the game.

  • play the game

    to behave in a fair and honest way, especially in a situation where others may not be doing so


    Even though he knew the other team was cheating, he decided to play the game and not complain.

  • to improve your performance or skills, especially in a competitive situation


    If you want to win the tournament, you'll need to up your game and practice harder.

Phrases with game

  • to defeat someone by using their own methods


    She's always been good at math, but I managed to beat her at her own game by studying extra hard.

  • something or someone that is considered a legitimate target or subject for criticism, attack, or ridicule


    Once he became a politician, he knew he was fair game for the media.

  • psychological tactics used to manipulate or intimidate someone


    He was playing mind games with her, trying to make her doubt herself and her abilities.

Origins of game

from Old English 'gamen', meaning 'joy, fun, amusement'


Summary: game in Brief

The term 'game' [ɡeɪm] refers to an activity done for amusement or fun, such as playing chess or video games. It can also refer to a competitive activity with rules, like the Olympic Games, or wild animals hunted for sport or food. Phrases like 'beat someone at their own game' and idioms like 'the name of the game' extend the concept of game into other contexts.

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