1a form of play or sport, especially a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength, or luck.
a complete episode or period of play, typically ending in a definite result:a baseball game
a single portion of play forming a scoring unit in a match, especially in tennis.
Bridge a score of 100 points for tricks bid and made (the best of three games constituting a rubber).
a person’s performance in a game; a person’s standard or method of play:he will attempt to raise his game to another level
(games) a meeting for sporting contests, especially track and field:the Olympic Games
(games) British sports and athletic activities as organized in a school.
the equipment for a game, especially a board game or a computer game.
2a type of activity or business, especially when regarded as a game:this was a game of shuttle diplomacy at which I had become adept
a secret and clever plan or trick:I was on to his little game, but I didn’t want him to know
3wild mammals or birds hunted for sport or food.
the flesh of mammals or birds, used as food.
eager and willing to do something new or challenging:they were game for anything after the traumas of Monday
1 [no object] (often as adjective gaming) play games of chance for money.
play video or computer games.
2 [with object] manipulate (a situation), typically in a way that is unfair or unscrupulous:it was very easy for a few big companies to game the systempoliticians blamed electricity generators for gaming the market
ahead of the game
ahead of one’s competitors or peers in the same sphere of activity.