Definition of Play

1. Noun. A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage. "He wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"

2. Verb. Participate in games or sport. "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

3. Noun. A theatrical performance of a drama. "The play lasted two hours"
Generic synonyms: Show
Specialized synonyms: Musical, Musical Comedy, Musical Theater, Curtain Raiser
Derivative terms: Playlet

4. Verb. Act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome. "I played no role in your dismissal"
Generic synonyms: Act, Move

5. Noun. A preset plan of action in team sports. "The coach drew up the plays for her team"

6. Verb. Play on an instrument. "Sam and Sue play"; "The band played all night long"
Category relationships: Music
Specialized synonyms: Sound Off, Strike Up, Swing, Symphonise, Symphonize, Accompany, Follow, Play Along, Bow, Busk
Generic synonyms: Perform
Related verbs: Spiel
Derivative terms: Player, Playing

7. Noun. A deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill. "The runner was out on a play by the shortstop"

8. Verb. Play a role or part. "She played the servant to her husband's master"
Exact synonyms: Act, Represent
Category relationships: Performing Arts
Related verbs: Act, Act As, Act, Playact, Roleplay
Specialized synonyms: Make, Make Believe, Pretend, Support, Act Out, Enact, Reenact, Act Out, Impersonate, Portray, Parody, Emote
Generic synonyms: Re-create
Derivative terms: Act, Actable, Acting, Actor, Player, Playing, Representation

9. Noun. A state in which action is feasible. "Insiders said the company's stock was in play"
Generic synonyms: Action, Activeness, Activity

10. Verb. Be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children. "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"

11. Noun. Utilization or exercise. "The play of the imagination"

12. Verb. Replay (as a melody). "They will play the duet"; "She played the third movement very beautifully"
Exact synonyms: Spiel
Generic synonyms: Re-create
Specialized synonyms: Riff, Misplay, Fiddle, Replay, Prelude, Jazz, Rag, Bugle, Recapitulate, Repeat, Reprise, Reprize, Slur, Bang Out, Modulate, Tongue
Derivative terms: Playing

13. Noun. An attempt to get something. "He made a bid to gain attention"
Exact synonyms: Bid
Generic synonyms: Attempt, Effort, Endeavor, Endeavour, Try
Derivative terms: Bid

14. Verb. Perform music on (a musical instrument). "Can you play on this old recorder?"
Category relationships: Music, Music
Specialized synonyms: Register, Skirl, Beat, Tweedle, Chord, Pipe, Drum, Harp, Fiddle, Trumpet, Clarion
Generic synonyms: Sound
Derivative terms: Playing

15. 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"
Exact synonyms: Child's Play
Generic synonyms: Diversion, Recreation
Specialized synonyms: House, Doctor, Fireman

16. Verb. Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind. "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
Exact synonyms: Act, Act As
Generic synonyms: Act, Behave, Do
Related verbs: Act, Behave, Do, Act, Represent
Derivative terms: Act

17. Noun. (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds. "Rain stopped play in the 4th inning"
Exact synonyms: Period Of Play, Playing Period
Generic synonyms: Amount, Measure, Quantity
Category relationships: Game
Group relationships: Athletic Game
Specialized synonyms: Golf Hole, Hole, Set
Terms within: Chukka, Chukker, Frame, Inning, Bout, Round, Turn, First Period, Second Period, Final Period, Half, Period, Quarter, Over

18. Verb. Move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly. "The spotlights played on the politicians"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel

19. Noun. The removal of constraints. "They gave full play to the artist's talent"
Exact synonyms: Free Rein
Generic synonyms: Freedom

20. Verb. Bet or wager (money). "She plays the races"
Generic synonyms: Gamble
Specialized synonyms: Underplay

21. Noun. A weak and tremulous light. "The play of light on the water"
Exact synonyms: Shimmer
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Derivative terms: Shimmer, Shimmer, Shimmery

22. Verb. Engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion. "The students all recreate alike"
Exact synonyms: Recreate
Derivative terms: Playing, Recreation

23. Noun. Verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously). "He said it in sport"

24. Verb. Pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity. "Play cowboy and Indians"
Related verbs: Act, Represent
Generic synonyms: Assume, Feign, Sham, Simulate

25. Noun. Movement or space for movement. "There was too much play in the steering wheel"
Exact synonyms: Looseness
Generic synonyms: Movability, Movableness
Specialized synonyms: Wiggliness, Slack, Slackness
Derivative terms: Loose
Antonyms: Tightness

26. Verb. Emit recorded sound. "The stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered"
Related verbs: Run
Generic synonyms: Sound

27. Noun. Gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement. "Their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"

28. Verb. Perform on a certain location. "She has been playing on Broadway for years"
Category relationships: Performing Arts
Generic synonyms: Perform
Related verbs: Act, Playact, Roleplay

29. Noun. (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession. "It is still my play"
Exact synonyms: Turn
Specialized synonyms: Move, Start, Starting, Innings, Attack, Down, At-bat, Bat, Lead, Ruff, Trumping, Trick
Generic synonyms: Activity
Category relationships: Game

30. Verb. Put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game. "The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory"
Generic synonyms: Deploy
Specialized synonyms: Pitch, Cover, Declare

31. 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"
Exact synonyms: Gambling, Gaming
Generic synonyms: Diversion, Recreation, Vice
Specialized synonyms: Sporting Life, Bet, Wager, Gambling Game, Game Of Chance, Throw
Derivative terms: Gamble, Game

32. Verb. Engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously. "Toy with an idea"
Exact synonyms: Toy
Generic synonyms: Act, Behave, Do
Derivative terms: Playing, Toy

33. Noun. The act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully.
Exact synonyms: Swordplay
Generic synonyms: Action
Specialized synonyms: Fencing

34. Verb. Behave in a certain way. "Play fair"
Generic synonyms: Act, Move

35. Verb. Cause to emit recorded audio or video. "Sam and Sue play the movie "; "He never tires of playing that video"
Exact synonyms: Run
Related verbs: Run, Execute, Run

36. Verb. Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination. "He played with the idea of running for the Senate"
Exact synonyms: Diddle, Fiddle, Toy
Generic synonyms: Manipulate
Specialized synonyms: Put Out, Retire
Derivative terms: Fiddler
Also: Toy With

37. Verb. Use to one's advantage. "She plays on her clients' emotions"
Generic synonyms: Exploit, Work

38. Verb. Consider not very seriously. "Sam wants to play with Sue "; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
Exact synonyms: Dally, Trifle
Generic synonyms: Consider, Deal, Look At, Take
Related verbs: Dally, Flirt, Toy

39. Verb. Be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way. "His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee"

40. Verb. Behave carelessly or indifferently. "Play about with a young girl's affection"
Exact synonyms: Dally, Flirt, Toy
Related verbs: Dally, Trifle
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Dalliance, Flirting, Toying

41. Verb. Cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space. "The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack"
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move

42. Verb. Perform on a stage or theater. "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
Exact synonyms: Act, Playact, Roleplay
Category relationships: Dramatic Art, Dramatics, Dramaturgy, Theater, Theatre
Generic synonyms: Perform
Related verbs: Act, Represent, Act
Specialized synonyms: Stooge, Mime, Pantomime, Ham, Ham It Up, Overact, Overplay, Underact, Underplay
Derivative terms: Act, Actable, Acting, Actor, Player, Playing, Playacting, Playactor, Roleplaying

43. Verb. Be performed or presented for public viewing. "`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years"
Category relationships: Performing Arts
Specialized synonyms: Debut
Related verbs: Act, Playact, Roleplay

44. Verb. Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence. "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"
Exact synonyms: Bring, Make For, Work, Wreak
Generic synonyms: Create, Make
Related verbs: Act, Work
Also: Bring Off, Bring On, Bring Up
Derivative terms: Workable

45. Verb. Discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream. "The fountains played all day"
Generic synonyms: Discharge

46. Verb. Make bets. "Play the casinos in Trouville"
Generic synonyms: Bet, Wager
Related verbs: Bet, Wager

47. Verb. Stake on the outcome of an issue. "They play the money "; "She played all her money on the dark horse"
Exact synonyms: Bet, Wager
Generic synonyms: Gamble
Specialized synonyms: Back, Bet On, Gage, Game, Punt, Stake, Raise, See
Derivative terms: Bet, Bet, Better, Bettor, Wager, Wager, Wagerer

48. Verb. Shoot or hit in a particular manner. "She played a good backhand last night"
Related verbs: Encounter, Meet, Take On
Specialized synonyms: Hook
Generic synonyms: Hit

49. Verb. Use or move. "I had to play my queen"
Related verbs: Encounter, Meet, Take On
Specialized synonyms: Promote
Generic synonyms: Apply, Employ, Use, Utilise, Utilize

50. Verb. Employ in a game or in a specific position. "They played him on first base"
Related verbs: Encounter, Meet, Take On
Generic synonyms: Apply, Employ, Use, Utilise, Utilize

51. Verb. Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle. "Sam cannot play Sue "; "Charlie likes to play Mary"
Exact synonyms: Encounter, Meet, Take On
Entails: Compete, Contend, Vie
Specialized synonyms: Confront, Face, Replay
Derivative terms: Encounter, Meet, Playing

52. Verb. Exhaust by allowing to pull on the line. "Play a hooked fish"
Generic synonyms: Beat, Exhaust, Tucker, Tucker Out, Wash Up

Definition of Play

1. v. i. To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot.

2. v. t. To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump.

3. n. Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.

Definition of Play

1. Noun. Activity for amusement only, especially among the young. ¹

2. Noun. The conduct, or course of a game. ¹

3. Noun. An individual's performance in a sport or game. ¹

4. Noun. (''turn-based games'') An action carried out when it is one's turn to play. ¹

5. Noun. A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue. ¹

6. Noun. A theatrical performance featuring actors. ¹

7. Noun. A major move by a business. ¹

8. Noun. A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources. ¹

9. Noun. The extent to which a part of a mechanism can move freely. ¹

10. Noun. (uncountable informal) Sexual role-playing. ¹

11. Noun. (rfd-sense fragment=Start) A button that, when pressed, causes media to be played. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive) To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation. ¹

13. Verb. (intransitive) To take part in amorous activity; to make love, fornicate; to have sex. ¹

14. Verb. (intransitive) To perform in a sport. ¹

15. Verb. (transitive) To participate in the game indicated. ¹

16. Verb. (transitive) To compete against, in a game ¹

17. Verb. (transitive) To act as the indicated role, especially in a performance. ¹

18. Verb. (intransitive) To produce music using a musical instrument. ¹

19. Verb. (transitive ergative) To produce music on the indicated musical instrument. ¹

20. Verb. (transitive ergative) To produce music, the indicated song or style, with a musical instrument. ¹

21. Verb. (transitive ergative) To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording. ¹

22. Verb. (context: copulative) Contrary to fact, to give an appearance of being. ¹

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Definition of Play

1. to engage in amusement or sport [v -ED, -ING, -S] : PLAYABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Play

1. 1. To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump. "First Peace and Silence all disputes control, Then Order plays the soul." (Herbert) 2. To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ. 3. To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin. 4. To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play tricks. "Nature here Wantoned as in her prime, and played at will Her virgin fancies." (Milton) 5. 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. "Thou canst play the rational if thou wilt." (Sir W. Scott) 6. 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. 7. To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it. To play off, to display; to show; to put in exercise; as, to play off tricks. To play one's cards, to manage one's means or opportunities; to contrive. Played out, tired out; exhausted; at the end of one's resources. 1. To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot. "As Cannace was playing in her walk." (Chaucer) "The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day, Had he thy reason, would he skip and play!" (Pope) "And some, the darlings of their Lord, Play smiling with the flame and sword." (Keble) 2. To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless. ""Nay," quod this monk, "I have no lust to pleye."" (Chaucer) "Men are apt to play with their healths." (Sir W. Temple) 3. To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes. 4. To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute. "One that . . . Can play well on an instrument." (Ezek. Xxxiii. 32) "Play, my friend, and charm the charmer." (Granville) 5. To act; to behave; to practice deception. "His mother played false with a smith." (Shak) 6. To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain plays. "The heart beats, the blood circulates, the lungs play." (Cheyne) 7. To move gayly; to wanton; to disport. "Even as the waving sedges play with wind." (Shak) "The setting sun Plays on their shining arms and burnished helmets." (Addison) "All fame is foreign but of true desert, Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart." (Pope) 8. To act on the stage; to personate a character. "A lord will hear your play to-night." (Shak) "Courts are theaters where some men play." (Donne) To play into a person's hands, to act, or to manage matters, to his advantage or benefit. To play off, to affect; to feign; to practice artifice. To play upon. To make sport of; to deceive. "Art thou alive? Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight." (Shak) To use in a droll manner; to give a droll expression or application to; as, to play upon words. Origin: OE. Pleien, AS. Plegian, plegan, to play, akin to plega play, game, quick motion, and probably to OS. Plegan to promise, pledge, D. Plegen to care for, attend to, be wont, G. Pflegen; of unknown origin. Cf. Plight. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Play

plausible deniability
play-by-play announcer
play-by-play announcers
play Cupid
play Nostradamus
play Old Harry
play a joke on
play a trick on
play along

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