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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
    Definition
    (noun) a theatrical performance of a drama
    Example Sentence
    • the play lasted two hours
    Definition
    (noun) a preset plan of action in team sports
    Example Sentence
    • the coach drew up the plays for her team
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (noun) utilization or exercise
    Example Sentence
    • the play of the imagination
    Definition
    (noun) an attempt to get something
    Synonyms : bid
    Example Sentence
    • they made a futile play for power
    • he made a bid to gain attention
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (noun) (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
    Example Sentence
    • rain stopped play in the 4th inning
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (noun) a weak and tremulous light
    Synonyms : shimmer
    Example Sentence
    • the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers
    • the play of light on the water
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (noun) movement or space for movement
    Synonyms : looseness
    Example Sentence
    • there was too much play in the steering wheel
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (noun) (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
    Synonyms : turn
    Example Sentence
    • it is my turn
    • it is still my play
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (verb) move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
    Example Sentence
    • The spotlights played on the politicians
    Definition
    (verb) bet or wager (money)
    Example Sentence
    • He played $20 on the new horse
    • She plays the races
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (verb) emit recorded sound
    Example Sentence
    • The tape was playing for hours
    • the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered
    Definition
    (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
    Definition
    (verb) use or move
    Example Sentence
    • I had to play my queen
    Definition
    (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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