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game /ɡeɪm/ n
  1. an amusement or pastime; diversion
  2. a contest with rules, the result being determined by skill, strength, or chance
  3. a single period of play in such a contest, sport, etc
  4. the score needed to win a contest
  5. a single contest in a series; match
  6. (plural; often capital) an event consisting of various sporting contests, esp in athletics: Olympic Games, Highland Games
  7. equipment needed for playing certain games
  8. short for computer game
  9. style or ability in playing a game: he is a keen player but his game is not good
  10. a scheme, proceeding, etc, practised like a game: the game of politics
  11. an activity undertaken in a spirit of levity; joke: marriage is just a game to him
  12. wild animals, including birds and fish, hunted for sport, food, or profit
  13. (as modifier): game laws
  14. the flesh of such animals, used as food: generally taken not to include fish
  15. an object of pursuit; quarry; prey (esp in the phrase fair game)
  16. informal work or occupation
  17. informal a trick, strategy, or device: I can see through your little game
  18. obsolete pluck or courage; bravery
  19. slang chiefly Brit prostitution (esp in the phrase on the game)
  20. give the game awayto reveal one's intentions or a secret
  21. make game of, make a game ofto make fun of; ridicule; mock
  22. off one's gameplaying badly
  23. on one's gameplaying well
  24. play the gameto behave fairly or in accordance with rules
  25. the game is upthere is no longer a chance of success
adj
  1. informal full of fighting spirit; plucky; brave
  2. game as Ned Kelly, as game as Ned KellyAustral informal extremely brave; indomitable
  3. (usually followed by for) informal prepared or ready; willing: I'm game for a try
vb
  1. (intransitive) to play games of chance for money, stakes, etc; gamble
Etymology: Old English gamen; related to Old Norse gaman, Old High German gaman amusement

ˈgameˌlike adj
game /ɡeɪm/ adj
  1. a less common word for lame: game leg
Etymology: 18th Century: probably from Irish cam crooked



return /rɪˈtɜːn/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to come back to a former place or state
  2. (transitive) to give, take, or carry back; replace or restore
  3. (transitive) to repay or recompense, esp with something of equivalent value: return the compliment
  4. (transitive) to earn or yield (profit or interest) as an income from an investment or venture
  5. (intransitive) to come back or revert in thought or speech: I'll return to that later
  6. (intransitive) to recur or reappear: the symptoms have returned
  7. to answer or reply
  8. (transitive) to vote into office; elect
  9. (transitive) (of a jury) to deliver or render (a verdict)
  10. (transitive) to submit (a report, etc) about (someone or something) to someone in authority
  11. (transitive) to lead back (the suit led by one's partner)
  12. (transitive) to hit, throw, or play (a ball) back
  13. return thanks(of Christians) to say grace before a meal
n
  1. the act or an instance of coming back
  2. something that is given or sent back, esp unsatisfactory merchandise returned to the maker or supplier or a theatre ticket sent back by a purchaser for resale
  3. the act or an instance of putting, sending, or carrying back; replacement or restoration
  4. (often plural) the yield, revenue, or profit accruing from an investment, transaction, or venture
  5. the act or an instance of reciprocation or repayment (esp in the phrase in return for)
  6. a recurrence or reappearance
  7. an official report, esp of the financial condition of a company
  8. a form (a tax return) on which a statement concerning one's taxable income is made
  9. the statement itself
  10. (often plural) a statement of the votes counted at an election or poll
  11. an answer or reply
  12. Brit
    short for return ticket
  13. a part of a building that forms an angle with the façade
  14. a report by a bailiff or other officer on the outcome of a formal document such as a claim, summons, etc, issued by a court
  15. a lead of a card in the suit that one's partner has previously led
  16. the act of playing or throwing a ball back
  17. by return, by return of postBrit by the next post back to the sender
  18. many happy returns, many happy returns of the daya conventional greeting to someone on his or her birthday
adj
  1. of, relating to, or characterized by a return: a return visit, a return performance
  2. denoting a second, reciprocated occasion: a return match
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French retorner; see re-, turn



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