activity or sport[countable]
an activity or sport in which people compete with each other according to agreed rules
computer/card/ball etc game
Dan's never liked card games.
We used to play games like draughts or chess.
You'll have to explain the rules of the game.
b) DGDS➔ ball game, board game, video game, war game
an occasion when a game is played [↪ match]:
Did you see the game on TV last night?
England's World Cup game against Holland
game of cards/tennis etc
How about a game of chess?
win/lose a game
They've won their last three games.
home game (=played at a team's own sports field)
away game (=played at an opposing team's sports field)
a large organized sports event:
the Olympic Games
b) British EnglishDSSES
organized sports as a school subject or lesson [= P.E.]:
We have games on Thursdays.
a games lesson
one of the parts into which a single match is divided, for example in tennis or bridge1 (4):
part of a match[countable]DGDS
Graf leads, two games to one.
a children's activity in which they play with toys, pretend to be someone else etc
a game of hide-and-seek
The boys were playing a game in the backyard.
how well someone plays a particular game or sport
improve/raise your game
Liam's taking lessons to improve his game.
the strongest aspect of his game
to spoil a surprise or secret by doing or saying something that lets someone guess what the secret is:
Lynn gave the game away by laughing when Kim walked in.
7 also play somebody at their own game British English
to beat someone or fight back against them by using the same methods that they use
to be something that you do to enjoy yourself rather than for a serious purpose:
It's just a game to them. They don't care what happens.
to behave in a dishonest or unfair way in order to get what you want:
Are you sure he's really interested, and not just playing silly games with you?
to not be serious about doing something:
We want a deal. We're not interested in playing games.
wild animals, birds, and fish that are hunted for food, especially as a sport: ➔ big game
used to say that something is the only possible choice in a situation:
The Church of England is no longer the only game in town.
an area of work or business:
I've been in this game for over 10 years.
13 British English spoken
used to ask what the true reason for someone's behaviour is:
Reg is being very nice all of a sudden. What's his game?
used to tell someone that something wrong or dishonest that they have done has been discovered:
Come out, Don. The game's up.
a game in which you risk money on the result:
Poker is a game of chance.
16 American English informal
used to say that someone is very skilful at doing something, especially a sport
17 British English informal
to be a prostitute
said when the balance of a sports match or competition changes, and both sides suddenly have a chance of winning
said to emphasize that an event or activity is completely finished
to make fun of someone