A game is structured playing, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Games are distinct from work, which is usually carried out for remuneration, and from art, which is more often an expression of aesthetic or ideological elements. However, the distinction is not clear-cut, and many games are also considered to be work or art .

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  1. A playful activity that may be unstructured; an amusement or pastime.
    Being a child is all fun and games.
  2. An activity described by a set of rules, especially for the purpose of entertainment, often competitive or having an explicit goal.
    Games in the classroom can make learning fun.
  3. The equipment that enables such activity, particularly as packaged under a title.
    Some of the games in the closet we have on the computer as well.
  4. A contest between two individuals or teams, either as an entire encounter (as in basketball) or just one contest of several (as in tennis).
  5. One's manner, style, or performance in playing a game.
    Study can help your game of chess.
    Hit the gym if you want to toughen up your game.
  6. A field of gainful activity, as an industry or profession.
  7. Something that resembles a game with rules, despite not being designed.
    In the game of life, you may find yourself playing the waiting game far too often.
  8. An exercise simulating warfare, whether computerized or involving human participants.
  9. Wild animals hunted for food.
  10. The ability to seduce someone, usually by strategy.
  11. A questionable or unethical practice in pursuit of a goal; a scheme.
  12. That which is gained, such as the stake in a game.
  13. The number of points necessary to win a game.
    In short whist, five points are game.
  14. In some games, a point awarded to the player whose cards add up to the largest sum.


  1. To gamble.
  2. To play games and be a gamer.
  3. To exploit loopholes in a system or bureaucracy in a way which defeats or nullifies the spirit of the rules in effect, usually to obtain a result which otherwise would be unobtainable.
    We'll bury them in paperwork, and game the system.
  4. To perform premeditated seduction strategy.


  1. Willing to participate.
  2. That shows a tendency to continue to fight against another animal, despite being wounded, often severely.
  3. Persistent, especially in senses similar to the above.
  4. Injured, lame (of a limb).

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