game meaning

[ geim ] Pronunciation:   "game" in a sentence
Noun: game  geym
  1. A contest with rules to determine a winner
    "you need four people to play this game" 
  2. A single play of a sport or other contest
    "the game lasted two hours" 
  3. An amusement or pastime
    "they played word games"; "he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time"; "his life was all fun and games" 
  4. Animal hunted for food or sport 
  5. (tennis) a division of play during which one player serves 
  6. (games) the score at a particular point or the score needed to win
    "the game is 6 all"; "he is serving for the game" 
  7. The flesh of wild animals that is used for food 
  8. A secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal)
    "I saw through his little game from the start"
    - plot, secret plan 
  9. The game equipment needed in order to play a particular game
    "the child received several games for his birthday" 
  10. Your occupation or line of work
    "he's in the plumbing game"
    - biz 
  11. Frivolous or trifling behaviour
    "for actors, memorizing lines is no game"; "for him, life is all fun and games"
Verb: game  geym
  1. Place a bet on
    - bet on, back, gage [archaic], stake, punt
Adjective: game (gamer,gamest)  geym
  1. Disabled in the feet or legs
    "a game leg"
    - crippled, halt [archaic], halting, lame, gimpy [N. Amer] 
  2. Willing to face danger
    - gamy, gamey, gritty, mettlesome, spirited, spunky 
  3. Willing or keen to do something
    - up for

Derived forms: gaming, gamest, gamed, games, gamer

See also: brave, courageous, gamely, gameness, gaming, gamy, unfit

Type of: activity, animal, animate being, beast, bet, brute, business, caper, competition, contest, creature, diversion, division, fauna, frolic, gambol, game equipment, job, line, line of work, meat, occupation, part, play, recreation, romp, scheme, score, section, strategy, wager

Part of: set

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[American slang]
mod. willing to do something.
• Is anybody game for some pizza?
• I'm game, what about you?

noun [C] (informal)


a type of activity or business:

How long have you been in this game?

We decided to get back into the marketing game.


the only, best, biggest, etc. game in town (especially AmE)

the only, best, biggest, etc. thing or person that is available or worth dealing with:

At that time, bonds were the only game in town.

The biggest game in town is electronic cash management.

raise/lift/up your game

to improve the way that you perform an activity or do business:

She believes the train operator should raise its game and offer cut-price deals.


See repeated game, strategic game, and zero-sum game

n. Wild animals or birds hunted for sport or food. The Game Acts define these as including hares, pheasants, partridges, grouse, heath or moor game, black game, and bustards. The right to game belongs basically to the occupier, although in leases it is frequently reserved to the landlord rather than the tenant. See also POACHING.


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  1. the period after supper was given over to games.
  2. the game was postponed because of the rain.
  3. we need one more point to win the game.
  4. come on! you've getting into kid games.
  5. he played a good game and a generous one.

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