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noun game pronunciation in American English /ɡeɪm/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an activity that you do for fun that has rules, and that you can win or lose

    Monopoly is a game for all the family.

    card/board/party game:

    Do you know any good party games?

    computer/video game:

    The kids all love playing computer games.

    1. a.
      an activity that children do for fun that may not have rules or a winner

      The children were playing noisy games in the yard.

  2. 2
    [countable] [usually singular] a type of sport

    They take the game of football very seriously here.

    1. a.
      the way that someone plays a sport

      He has worked hard to improve his game.

  3. 3
    [countable] a particular event in which people take part in a competition

    He won the money in a poker game.

    Are you going to watch the game on TV tonight?

    game of:

    We played a game of volleyball.

    1. a.
      one of the series of separate parts that make up a particular event in some sports, such as tennis

      He won the first set 6 games to 4.

  4. 4
    [countable] [usually singular] an activity or type of work that is like a game, for example because it has rules that you must follow

    In this business, you have to know the rules of the game.

    He worked in the building game all his life.

  5. 5
    [countable] an activity or situation that someone seems to be treating less seriously than it should be treated

    Marriage is just a game to them.

    They are playing political games with people’s safety.

  6. 6


    [plural] an organized event where people from many countries compete in different sports such as running, jumping, and swimming

    the Olympic Games



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