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Definition of "play":

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


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)

"there was heavy play at the blackjack table"


noun: activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules

"Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child"


noun: (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

"it is still my play"


noun: gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement

"it was all done in play"


noun: a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill

"the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"


noun: a preset plan of action in team sports

"the coach drew up the plays for her team"


noun: an attempt to get something

"they made a futile play for power"


noun: utilization or exercise

"the play of the imagination"


noun: movement or space for movement

"there was too much play in the steering wheel"


noun: verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)


noun: a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

"he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"


noun: a theatrical performance of a drama

"the play lasted two hours"


noun: a weak and tremulous light

"the play of light on the water"


noun: the removal of constraints

"they gave full play to the artist's talent"


noun: a state in which action is feasible

"the ball was still in play"


noun: (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds

"rain stopped play in the 4th inning"


verb: engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously

"They played games on their opponents"


verb: pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

"She plays deaf when the news are bad"


verb: exhaust by allowing to pull on the line

"play a hooked fish"


verb: consider not very seriously

"She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"


verb: participate in games or sport

"We played hockey all afternoon"


verb: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

"Princeton plays Yale this weekend"


verb: employ in a game or in a specific position

"They played him on first base"


verb: use or move

"I had to play my queen"


verb: shoot or hit in a particular manner

"She played a good backhand last night"


verb: bet or wager (money)

"He played $20 on the new horse"


verb: put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game

"He is playing his cards close to his chest"


verb: stake on the outcome of an issue

"She played all her money on the dark horse"


verb: make bets

"Play the races"


verb: use to one's advantage

"She plays on her clients' emotions"


verb: discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream

"play water from a hose"


verb: manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

"She played nervously with her wedding ring"


verb: cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

"play a joke"


verb: perform on a certain location

"The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16"


verb: be performed or presented for public viewing

"What's playing in the local movie theater?"


verb: cause to emit recorded audio or video

"I'll play you my favorite record"


verb: emit recorded sound

"The tape was playing for hours"


verb: play a role or part

"Gielgud played Hamlet"


verb: perform on a stage or theater

"She acts in this play"


verb: pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity

"Let's play like I am mommy"


verb: replay (as a melody)

"Play it again, Sam"


verb: play on an instrument

"The band played all night long"


verb: perform music on (a musical instrument)

"He plays the flute"


verb: move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly

"The spotlights played on the politicians"


verb: cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space

"The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack"


verb: act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome

"This factor played only a minor part in his decision"


verb: engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion

"On weekends I play"


verb: be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children

"The kids were playing outside all day"


verb: behave carelessly or indifferently

"Play about with a young girl's affection"


verb: behave in a certain way

"play safe"


verb: be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way

"This speech didn't play well with the American public"



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