Play - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pleɪ|  American pronunciation of the word play
Brit.  |ˈpleɪ|  British pronunciation of the word play
- a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage (syn: drama)
- a theatrical performance of a drama
- a preset plan of action in team sports
- a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill (syn: maneuver, manoeuvre)
- a state in which action is feasible
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- participate in games or sport
- act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome
- play on an instrument
- play a role or part (syn: act, represent)
- be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
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The play is based on a real-life event.

He wrote, directed, and starred in the play.

His fifth grade class is putting on a play about the first Thanksgiving.

I've gone to all of my daughter's school plays.

The book discusses the role of play in a child's development.

Please, no talking during play.

Rain held up play for an hour.

The chess match finally ended after three hours of play.

The two golfers were tied at the start of play yesterday.

The children were playing in the yard.

Can Sara come out and play?

He played by himself in his room.

Did you play any sports in high school?

No one dares to play chess with him.

The children were playing hide-and-seek.

Phrasal verbs

play along  — cooperate or pretend to cooperate
play around  — commit adultery
play off  — set into opposition or rivalry
play out  — deplete
play up  — move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

Word forms

I/you/we/they: play
he/she/it: plays
present participle: playing
past tense: played
past participle: played
singular: play
plural: plays
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