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Definitions of play:
- noun: the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
- noun: play by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
Example: "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child"
- noun: gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
Example: "It was all done in play"
- noun: a preset plan of action in team sports
Example: "The coach drew up the plays for her team"
- noun: utilization or exercise
Example: "The play of the imagination"
- noun: a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
Example: "He wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
- noun: a theatrical performance of a drama
Example: "The play lasted two hours"
- noun: a state in which action is feasible
Example: "The ball was still in play"
- noun: the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
Example: "It is still my play"
- noun: an attempt to get something
Example: "They made a futile play for power"
- noun: movement or space for movement
Example: "There was too much play in the steering wheel"
- noun: verbal wit (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
- noun: a weak and tremulous light
Example: "The play of light on the water"
- noun: the removal of constraints
Example: "They gave full play to the artist's talent"
- 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)
Example: "There was heavy play at the blackjack table"
- noun: a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
Example: "The runner was out on a play by the shortstop"
- noun: (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
Example: "Rain stopped play in the 4th inning"
- verb: act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome
Example: "This factor played only a minor part in his decision"
- verb: engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
Example: "On weekends I play"
- verb: be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
Example: "The kids were playing outside all day"
- verb: behave in a certain way
Example: "Play safe"
- verb: be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way
Example: "This speech didn't play well with the American public"
- verb: exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
Example: "Play a hooked fish"
- verb: participate in games or sport
Example: "We played hockey all afternoon"
- verb: employ in a game or in a specific position
Example: "They played him on first base"
- verb: use or move
Example: "I had to play my queen"
- verb: shoot or hit in a particular manner
Example: "She played a good backhand last night"
- verb: bet or wager (money)
Example: "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
Example: "He is playing his cards close to his chest"
- verb: make bets
Example: "Play the reaces"
- verb: use to one's advantage
Example: "She plays on her clients' emotions"
- verb: discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
Example: "Play water from a hose"
- verb: engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
Example: "They played games on their opponents"
- verb: perform on a certain location
Example: "The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16"
- verb: be performed
Example: "What's playing in the local movie theater?"
- verb: cause to emit recorded sounds
Example: "Can you play my favorite record?"
- verb: emit recorded sound
Example: "The tape was playing for hours"
- verb: pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
Example: "Let's play like I am mommy"
- verb: replay (as a melody)
Example: "Play it again, Sam"
- verb: play on an instrument
Example: "The band played all night long"
- verb: perform music on (a musical instrument)
Example: "He plays the flute"
- verb: move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
Example: "The spotlights played on the politicians"
- verb: cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
Example: "The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack"
- verb: play a role or part
Example: "Gielgud played Hamlet"
- verb: perform on a stage or theater
Example: "She acts in this play"
- verb: pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
Example: "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
- verb: behave carelessly or indifferently
Example: "Play about with a young girl's affection"
- verb: consider not very seriously
Example: "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
- verb: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
Example: "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"
- verb: stake on the outcome of an issue
Example: "She played all her money on the dark horse"
- verb: cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
Example: "Play a joke"
- verb: manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
Example: "She played nervously with her wedding ring"
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