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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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