game
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English gamen; akin to Old High German gaman amusement Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) activity engaged in for diversion or amusement ; play (2) the equipment for a game b. often derisive or mocking jesting ; fun, sport <
make game of a nervous player
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2. a. a procedure or strategy for gaining an end ; tactic b. an illegal or shady scheme or maneuver ; racket 3. a. (1) a physical or mental competition conducted according to rules with the participants in direct opposition to each other (2) a division of a larger contest (3) the number of points necessary to win (4) points scored in certain card games (as in all fours) by a player whose cards count up the highest (5) the manner of playing in a contest (6) the set of rules governing a game (7) a particular aspect or phase of play in a game or sport <
a football team's kicking game
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b. plural organized athletics c. (1) a field of gainful activity ; line <
the newspaper game
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(2) any activity undertaken or regarded as a contest involving rivalry, strategy, or struggle <
the dating game
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<
the game of politics
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; also the course or period of such an activity <
got into aviation early in the game
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(3) area of expertise ; specialty 3 <
comedy is not my game
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4. a. (1) animals under pursuit or taken in hunting; especially wild animals hunted for sport or food (2) the flesh of game animals b. archaic pluck c. a target or object especially of ridicule or attack — often used in the phrase fair game Synonyms: see fungamelike adjective II. verb (gamed; gaming) Date: 1512 intransitive verb to play for a stake transitive verb 1. archaic to lose or squander by gambling 2. to take dishonest advantage of ; cheat <
game the tax system
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III. adjective Date: 1610 1. a. having or showing a resolute unyielding spirit <
game to the end
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b. willing or ready to proceed <
were game for anything
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2. of or relating to game <
game laws
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gamely adverbgameness noun IV. adjective Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1787 lame <
a game leg
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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