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"game" in British English

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gamenoun

uk   us   /ɡeɪm/
  • 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.
[C] one part of a competition in activities such as tennis: I won the first game, and then lost the next two.
games [plural]
UK (also physical education, PE) organized sports activities that children do at school: the games teacher It's games this afternoon.
an organized competition consisting of several different sports events: the Olympic/Commonwealth Games
[U] the way in which a person plays a particular sport: Susan is playing golf every day to try to improve her game.
[S] something that is not treated seriously: Love is just a game to him.

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  • game noun (ACTIVITY)

[S] informal an illegal or secret activity
[S] old-fashioned informal a type of business activity: I'm in the stocks and shares game.
on the game
UK informal working as a prostitute: She went on the game to pay for her drug habit.
US informal involved in illegal activities

gameadjective

uk   us   /ɡeɪm/
(Definition of game from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"game" in American English

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gamenoun

 us   /ɡeɪm/
  • game noun (ENTERTAINMENT)

[C] an entertaining activity, esp. one played by children, or a sports competition: a baseball/basketball/football/soccer game The kids are playing a computer game. I told the children to put away their toys and games (= equipment for an entertaining activity). Search dogs do an important job, but it’s just a game to the dog (= something that is done for fun). Not telling the whole truth is one of the games that people play (= one of the ways in which they behave in order to get an advantage).
[C] In some activities such as tennis, a game is one part of a competition: I’m ahead, 3 games to 2.
  • game noun (ANIMALS)

[U] wild animals and birds that are hunted for food or sport: Deer and pheasant are types of game.

gameadjective

 us   /ɡeɪm/
  • game adjective (WILLING)

willing to do something, esp something different, new, or slightly dangerous: The ocean water’s cold but I’m going in anyway – are you game?
(Definition of game from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"game" in Business English

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gamenoun [S]

uk   us   /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.
(Definition of game from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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