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play - Dictionary definition and meaning for word play

Definition
(noun) a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
Synonyms : drama , dramatic play
Example Sentence
  • he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway

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(noun) a theatrical performance of a drama
Example Sentence
  • the play lasted two hours

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(noun) a preset plan of action in team sports
Example Sentence
  • the coach drew up the plays for her team

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(noun) a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
Synonyms : maneuver , manoeuvre
Example Sentence
  • he made a great maneuver
  • the runner was out on a play by the shortstop

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(noun) a state in which action is feasible
Example Sentence
  • the ball was still in play
  • insiders said the company's stock was in play

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(noun) utilization or exercise
Example Sentence
  • the play of the imagination

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(noun) an attempt to get something
Synonyms : bid
Example Sentence
  • they made a futile play for power
  • he made a bid to gain attention

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(noun) activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
Synonyms : child's play
Example Sentence
  • Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child

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(noun) (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
Example Sentence
  • rain stopped play in the 4th inning

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(noun) the removal of constraints
Synonyms : free rein
Example Sentence
  • he gave free rein to his impulses
  • they gave full play to the artist's talent

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(noun) a weak and tremulous light
Synonyms : shimmer
Example Sentence
  • the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers
  • the play of light on the water

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(noun) verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
Synonyms : fun , sport
Example Sentence
  • he became a figure of fun
  • he said it in sport

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(noun) movement or space for movement
Synonyms : looseness
Example Sentence
  • there was too much play in the steering wheel

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(noun) gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
Synonyms : caper , frolic , gambol , romp
Example Sentence
  • it was all done in play
  • their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly

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(noun) (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
Synonyms : turn
Example Sentence
  • it is my turn
  • it is still my play

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(noun) the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)
Synonyms : gambling , gaming
Example Sentence
  • his gambling cost him a fortune
  • there was heavy play at the blackjack table

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(noun) the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
Synonyms : swordplay

Definition
(verb) participate in games or sport
Example Sentence
  • We played hockey all afternoon
  • play cards
  • Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches

Definition
(verb) act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome
Example Sentence
  • This factor played only a minor part in his decision
  • This development played into her hands
  • I played no role in your dismissal

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(verb) play on an instrument
Example Sentence
  • The band played all night long

Definition
(verb) play a role or part
Synonyms : act , represent
Example Sentence
  • Gielgud played Hamlet
  • She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role
  • She played the servant to her husband's master

Definition
(verb) be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
Example Sentence
  • The kids were playing outside all day
  • I used to play with trucks as a little girl

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(verb) replay (as a melody)
Synonyms : spiel
Example Sentence
  • Play it again, Sam
  • She played the third movement very beautifully

Definition
(verb) perform music on (a musical instrument)
Example Sentence
  • He plays the flute
  • Can you play on this old recorder?

Definition
(verb) pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
Synonyms : act , act as
Example Sentence
  • He acted the idiot
  • She plays deaf when the news are bad

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(verb) move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
Example Sentence
  • The spotlights played on the politicians

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(verb) bet or wager (money)
Example Sentence
  • He played $20 on the new horse
  • She plays the races

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(verb) engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
Synonyms : recreate
Example Sentence
  • On weekends I play
  • The students all recreate alike

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(verb) pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
Example Sentence
  • Let's play like I am mommy
  • Play cowboy and Indians

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(verb) emit recorded sound
Example Sentence
  • The tape was playing for hours
  • the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered

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(verb) perform on a certain location
Example Sentence
  • The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16
  • She has been playing on Broadway for years

Definition
(verb) put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
Example Sentence
  • He is playing his cards close to his chest
  • The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory

Definition
(verb) engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
Synonyms : toy
Example Sentence
  • They played games on their opponents
  • play the stock market
  • play with her feelings
  • toy with an idea

Definition
(verb) behave in a certain way
Example Sentence
  • play safe
  • play it safe
  • play fair

Definition
(verb) cause to emit recorded audio or video
Synonyms : run
Example Sentence
  • They ran the tapes over and over again
  • I'll play you my favorite record
  • He never tires of playing that video

Definition
(verb) manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
Synonyms : diddle , fiddle , toy
Example Sentence
  • She played nervously with her wedding ring
  • Don't fiddle with the screws
  • He played with the idea of running for the Senate

Definition
(verb) use to one's advantage
Example Sentence
  • She plays on her clients' emotions

Definition
(verb) consider not very seriously
Synonyms : dally , trifle
Example Sentence
  • He is trifling with her
  • She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania

Definition
(verb) be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way
Example Sentence
  • This speech didn't play well with the American public
  • His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee

Definition
(verb) behave carelessly or indifferently
Synonyms : dally , flirt , toy
Example Sentence
  • Play about with a young girl's affection

Definition
(verb) cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
Example Sentence
  • The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack

Definition
(verb) perform on a stage or theater
Synonyms : act , playact , roleplay
Example Sentence
  • She acts in this play
  • He acted in `Julius Caesar'
  • I played in `A Christmas Carol'

Definition
(verb) be performed or presented for public viewing
Example Sentence
  • What's playing in the local movie theater?
  • `Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years

Definition
(verb) cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
Synonyms : bring , make for , work , wreak
Example Sentence
  • I cannot work a miracle
  • wreak havoc
  • bring comments
  • play a joke
  • The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area

Definition
(verb) discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
Example Sentence
  • play water from a hose
  • The fountains played all day

Definition
(verb) make bets
Example Sentence
  • Play the races
  • play the casinos in Trouville

Definition
(verb) stake on the outcome of an issue
Synonyms : bet , wager
Example Sentence
  • I bet $100 on that new horse
  • She played all her money on the dark horse

Definition
(verb) shoot or hit in a particular manner
Example Sentence
  • She played a good backhand last night

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(verb) use or move
Example Sentence
  • I had to play my queen

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(verb) employ in a game or in a specific position
Example Sentence
  • They played him on first base

Definition
(verb) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
Synonyms : encounter , meet , take on
Example Sentence
  • Princeton plays Yale this weekend
  • Charlie likes to play Mary

Definition
(verb) exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
Example Sentence
  • play a hooked fish

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