Definition of pregame in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprēˌɡām/
North American


Denoting or relating to an event that occurs immediately before a particular sports game: he threw out the first pitch during the pregame ceremonies
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  • Inside the media work room—a tent about the size of a football field—I watched a bit of ABC's pregame coverage.
  • NFL great Deion Sanders used to get focused in the locker room with his pregame dressing ritual.
  • Third, each organization providing alcohol was required to have liability insurance for the pregame event.


A television or radio program in which commentators discuss a sports game that is about to take place: the comments in question were made during last night’s pregame
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  • The pregame is the big deal at Manny's HD in Moonachie, where the HD refers to the 18 high-definition screens.
  • Does anything happen to broadcasters who pick the wrong team in the pregame?
  • Only NASCAR followed with a successful on-location pregame.


[no object] informal
Drink alcohol before attending an event or social function: a lot of the teenagers had pregamed before they got there
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  • Changing the campus culture can be challenging when students are pregaming, or drinking in private before leaving for a party, Greene said.
  • I can drink like a fish and my favorite activity is pregaming before an O's game.
  • Woke up from day drinking on Saturday at 9:45pm to find that we had missed the music festival that we had been pregaming for altogether and that we were intensely hung over.

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Syllabification: pre·game

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