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
verb: be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way
"This speech didn't play well with the American public."