Play - definition, pronunciation, transcription
- 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
- an attempt to get something (syn: bid)
- activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
- (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
- the removal of constraints
- a weak and tremulous light (syn: shimmer)
- verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously) (syn: fun, sport)
- movement or space for movement (syn: looseness)
- gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement (syn: caper, frolic, gambol, romp)
- (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession (syn: turn)
- the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize) (syn: gambling, gaming)
- the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully (syn: swordplay)
- 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
- perform music on (a musical instrument)
- pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind (syn: act)
- move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
- bet or wager (money)
- engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion (syn: recreate)
- pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
- emit recorded sound
- perform on a certain location
- put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
- engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously (syn: toy)
- behave in a certain way
- cause to emit recorded audio or video (syn: run)
- manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination (syn: diddle, fiddle, toy)
- use to one's advantage
- consider not very seriously (syn: dally, trifle)
- be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way
- behave carelessly or indifferently (syn: dally, flirt, toy)
- cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
- perform on a stage or theater (syn: act)
- be performed or presented for public viewing
- cause to happen or to occur as a consequence (syn: bring, work, wreak)
- discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
- make bets
- stake on the outcome of an issue (syn: bet, wager)
- shoot or hit in a particular manner
- use or move
- employ in a game or in a specific position
- contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle (syn: encounter, meet, take on)
- exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
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.
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
present participle: playing
past tense: played
past participle: played