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Definition of 'game'


  1. a single play of a sport or other contest; "the game lasted two hours"
  2. a contest with rules to determine a winner; "you need four people to play this game"
  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. the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game; "the child received several games for his birthday"
  6. your occupation or line of work; "he's in the plumbing game"; "she's in show biz"
       Synonyms: biz
  7. (games) the score at a particular point or the score needed to win; "the game is 6 all"; "he is serving for the game"
  8. the flesh of wild animals that is used for food
  9. a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor"; "I saw through his little game from the start"
       Synonyms: plot secret plan
  10. frivolous or trifling behavior; "for actors, memorizing lines is no game"; "for him, life is all fun and games"


  1. place a bet on; "Which horse are you backing?"; "I'm betting on the new horse"
       Synonyms: bet on back gage stake punt


  1. disabled in the feet or legs; "a crippled soldier"; "a game leg"
       Synonyms: crippled halt halting lame gimpy
  2. willing to face danger
       Synonyms: gamy gamey gritty mettlesome spirited spunky

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