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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLAY GAMES

He stands in the courtyard, where the young men used to play games.

Then, with a wave of his hand, he signified to the boys to run out and play games.

It was a pity he wasn't able to play games with her like some of the others.

We worked in de day an' had de nights to play games an' have singin's.

Now, children, let us sit in a circle and play games and sing songs.

Yet, Jack was a boy, and he often longed to play games with the others.

Their elders do not play games with them as much as English people do with their children.

The husband may like to play games, the wife may want to read.

"I could play games with mother quite as well as you," he said with an angry frown.

He would not play games with them—his mother had forbidden that.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English gamen "game, joy, fun, amusement," common Germanic (cf. Old Frisian game "joy, glee," Old Norse gaman, Old Saxon, Old High German gaman "sport, merriment," Danish gamen, Swedish gamman "merriment"), regarded as identical with Gothic gaman "participation, communion," from Proto-Germanic *ga- collective prefix + *mann "person," giving a sense of "people together."

Meaning "contest played according to rules" is first attested c.1300. Sense of "wild animals caught for sport" is late 13c.; hence fair game (1825), also gamey. Game plan is 1941, from U.S. football; game show first attested 1961.

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