Game

Adjective

  • Injured, lame (of a limb).
  • Persistent, especially in senses similar to the above.
  • (of an animal) That shows a tendency to continue to fight against another animal, despite being wounded, often severely.
  • (colloquial) Willing to participate.

Noun

  • That which is gained, such as the stake in a game.
  • (countable) The equipment that enables such activity, particularly as packaged under a title.

    "Some of the games in the closet we have on the computer as well."

  • (countable, informal, nearly always singular) A field of gainful activity, as an industry or profession.

    "When it comes to making sales, John is the best in the game."

  • (countable, military) An exercise simulating warfare, whether computerized or involving human participants.
  • (countable) A questionable or unethical practice in pursuit of a goal; a scheme.

    "You want to borrow my credit card for a week? What's your game?"

  • A playful activity that may be unstructured; an amusement or pastime.

    "Being a child is all fun and games."

  • (countable) A particular instance of playing a game; match.

    "They can turn the game around in the second half."

  • (card games) In some games, a point awarded to the player whose cards add up to the largest sum.
  • One's manner, style, or performance in playing a game.

    "Hit the gym if you want to toughen up your game."

  • (countable, figuratively) Something that resembles a game with rules, despite not being designed.

    "In the game of life, you may find yourself playing the waiting game far too often."

  • (uncountable, informal, used mostly of males) The ability to seduce someone, usually by strategy.

    "He didn't get anywhere with her because he had no game."

  • A playful or competitive activity.
  • (countable) A particular instance of playing a game; match.

    "Sally won the game."

  • The number of points necessary to win a game.

    "In short whist, five points are game."

  • One's manner, style, or performance in playing a game.

    "Study can help your game of chess."

  • (countable, informal, nearly always singular) A field of gainful activity, as an industry or profession.

    "He's in the securities game somehow."

  • (uncountable) Wild animals hunted for food.

    "The forest has plenty of game."

  • (countable) An activity described by a set of rules, especially for the purpose of entertainment, often competitive or having an explicit goal.

    "Games in the classroom can make learning fun."

Verb

  • (transitive) To exploit loopholes in a system or bureaucracy in a way which defeats or nullifies the spirit of the rules in effect, usually to obtain a result which otherwise would be unobtainable.

    "We'll bury them in paperwork, and game the system."

  • (intransitive) To play games and be a gamer.
  • (intransitive) To gamble.
  • (transitive, slang, of males) To perform premeditated seduction strategy.

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