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game

noun uk   /ɡeɪm/ us  

game noun (FUN ACTIVITY/SPORT)

A1 [C] an entertaining activity or sport, especially one played by children, or the equipment needed for such an activity: a board game indoor/computer games The children played a game of cops and robbers. I told the children to put their toys and games away.Pastimes - general words A2 [C] a particular competition, match, or occasion when people play a game: a game of chess/tennis/baseballCompetitions, and parts of competitions [C] one part of a competition in activities such as tennis: I won the first game, and then lost the next two.General terms used in ball sportsParts and stages of competitions games [plural] UK organized sports activities that children do at school: the games teacher It's games this afternoon.Subjects and disciplinesSports and games generally an organized competition consisting of several different sports events: the Olympic/Commonwealth GamesCompetitions, and parts of competitions [U] the way in which a person plays a particular sport: Susan is playing golf every day to try to improve her game.Sports and games generally [S] something that is not treated seriously: Love is just a game to him.Pastimes - general words

game noun (ACTIVITY)

[S] informal an illegal or secret activityCrime - general words [S] old-fashioned informal a type of business activity: I'm in the stocks and shares game.Business and commerce - general words on the game UK informal working as a prostitute: She went on the game to pay for her drug habit.Sexual devices and the sex industry US informal involved in illegal activitiesLegal and illegal

game noun (ANIMALS)

[U] wild animals and birds that are hunted for food or sport: game birdsHuntingDucks, geese and game birdsMeat - general words

game

adjective uk   /ɡeɪm/ us  
willing to do things that are new, difficult, or that involve risks: It was a difficult challenge, but Roberta was game. She's game for anything.Ready and willingUnwilling and reluctant
gamely
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
"I'll take care of the baby," he said gamely (= bravely).Ready and willingUnwilling and reluctant
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