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Play 1Definition: To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the
sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot.
Play 2Definition: To act with levity or
thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.
Play 3Definition: To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy
Play 4Definition: To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute.
Play 5Definition: To act; to behave; to practice deception.
Play 6Definition: To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain
Play 7Definition: To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.
Play 8Definition: To act on the stage; to personate a character.
Play 9Definition: To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump.
Play 10Definition: To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.
Play 11Definition: To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin.
Play 12Definition: To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play
Play 13Definition: To act or perform (a play); to represent in music action; as, to play a comedy; also, to act in the character of; to represent by acting; to simulate; to behave like; as, to play King Lear; to play the woman.
Play 14Definition: To engage in, or go together with, as a contest for amusement or for a wager or prize; as, to play a game at baseball.
Play 15Definition: To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.
Play 16Definition: Amusement; sport; frolic;
Play 17Definition: Any exercise, or series of
actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game.
Play 18Definition: The act or practice of contending for victory, amusement, or a prize, as at dice,
cards, or billiards; gaming; as, to lose a fortune in play.
Play 19Definition: Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit.
Play 20Definition: A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which
represented by dialogue and action.
Play 21Definition: The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he
attends ever play.
Play 22Definition: Performance on an instrument of music.
Play 23Definition: Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action.
Play 24Definition: Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth.
play 25Definition: the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
play 26Definition: play by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed
rules; "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child"
play 27Definition: the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play"
play 28Definition: the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); "his gambling cost him a fortune"; "there was heavy play at the blackjack table"
play 29Definition: gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"
play 30Definition: a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; "he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"
play 31Definition: a preset plan of action in team
sports; "the coach drew up the
plays for her team"
play 32Definition: an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention"
play 33Definition: utilization or exercise; "the play of the imagination"
play 34Definition: movement or space for movement; "there was too much play in the steering wheel"
play 35Definition: verbal wit (often at
another''s expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"
play 36Definition: a dramatic work intended for performance by
actors on a stage; "he wrote several
plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
play 37Definition: a theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours"
play 38Definition: a weak and tremulous light; "the shimmer of colors on iridescent
feathers"; "the play of light on the water"
play 39Definition: the removal of
constraints; "he gave free rein to his
impulses"; "they gave full play to the
play 40Definition: a state in which action is feasible; "the ball was still in play";
"insiders said the
company''s stock was in play"
play 41Definition: (in
plays or other
performances) the time during which play proceeds; "rain stopped play in the 4th inning"
play 42Definition: engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously; "They played
games on their
opponents"; "play the
stockmarket"; "play with her feelings"; "toy with an idea"
play 43Definition: pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She
plays deaf when the news are bad"
play 44Definition: exhaust by allowing to pull on the line; "play a hooked fish"
play 45Definition: consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She
plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
play 46Definition: participate in
games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards";
"Pele played for the Brazilian
teams in many important
play 47Definition: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton
plays Yale this weekend";
"Charlie likes to play Mary"
play 48Definition: employ in a game or in a specific position; "They played him on first base"
play 49Definition: use or move; "I had to play my queen"
play 50Definition: shoot or hit in a particular manner; "She played a good backhand last night"
play 51Definition: bet or wager (money); "He played on the new horse"; "She
play 52Definition: 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"; "The
Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory"
play 53Definition: stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse"
play 54Definition: make
bets; "Play the
reaces"; "play the casinos in
play 55Definition: use to one''s advantage; "She
plays on her
play 56Definition: discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; "play water from a hose"; "The
fountains played all day"
play 57Definition: manipulate manually or in one''s mind or imagination; "She played nervously with her wedding ring";
"Don''t fiddle with the
screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate"
play 58Definition: cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; "I cannot work a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring
comments"; "play a joke"; "The rain brought relief to the
play 59Definition: perform on a certain location; "The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of "She has been playing on Broadway for years"
play 60Definition: be performed;
"What''s playing in the local movie
theater?"; "`Cats'' has been playing on Broadway for many years"
play 61Definition: cause to emit recorded
sounds; "They ran the
tapes over and over again"; "Can you play my favorite
play 62Definition: emit recorded sound; "The tape was playing for hours"; "the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered"
play 63Definition: play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She
wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her
play 64Definition: perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in
`Julius Caesar''"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol''"
play 65Definition: pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity;
"Let''s play like I am mommy"; "Play cowboy and
play 66Definition: replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully"
play 67Definition: play on an instrument; "The band played all night long"
play 68Definition: perform music on (a musical instrument); "He
plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old
play 69Definition: move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; "The
spotlights played on the
play 70Definition: cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space; "The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack"
play 71Definition: 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"; "This development played into her hands"; "I played no role in your dismissal"
play 72Definition: engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy
oneself in a diversion; "On
weekends I play"; "The
students all recreate alike"
play 73Definition: be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse
oneself in a way characteristic of children; "The
kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with
trucks as a little girl"
play 74Definition: behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young
play 75Definition: behave in a certain way; "play safe"; "play it safe"; "play fair"
play 76Definition: be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way; "This speech
didn''t play well with the American public"; "His
remarks played to the
suspicions of the committee"