Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “game”

game

noun [S]     /ɡeɪm/ informal
a particular type of business activity: I'm in the stocks and shares game.
be ahead of the game to know more about what is happening in a particular area of business than the people or companies you are competing against: Our research and development program ensures that we're ahead of the game.
be new to the/this game informal to be involved in an activity or situation that you have not experienced before: The company is new to the political advertising game.
the game is up used to tell someone that you know what their secret activities or plans are and that they cannot continue: It is a characteristic of disgraced business leaders that they can never quite accept that the game is up.
→ See also business game, confidence game
(Definition of game noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of game

Definitions of “game” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

well in (with)

to have a good relationship with someone in which they like you and from which you get an advantage

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More