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Meaning: PLAY

1(n)a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
Type: 'noun.communication'
Usage: 'he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway'
Synonym: drama, dramatic play,
2(n)a theatrical performance of a drama
Type: 'noun.communication'
Usage: 'the play lasted two hours'
3(n)a preset plan of action in team sports
Type: 'noun.act'
Usage: 'the coach drew up the plays for her team'
4(n)a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
Type: 'noun.act'
Usage: 'he made a great maneuver'
Usage: 'the runner was out on a play by the shortstop'
Synonym: maneuver, manoeuvre,
5(n)a state in which action is feasible
Type: 'noun.state'
Usage: 'the ball was still in play'
Usage: 'insiders said the company's stock was in play'
6(n)utilization or exercise
Type: 'noun.act'
Usage: 'the play of the imagination'
7(n)an attempt to get something
Type: 'noun.act'
Usage: 'they made a futile play for power'
Usage: 'he made a bid to gain attention'
Synonym: bid,
8(n)activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
Type: 'noun.act'
Usage: 'Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child'
Synonym: child's play,
9(n)(in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
Type: 'noun.time'
Usage: 'rain stopped play in the 4th inning'
Synonym: period of play, playing period,
10(n)the removal of constraints
Type: 'noun.state'
Usage: 'he gave free rein to his impulses'
Usage: 'they gave full play to the artist's talent'
Synonym: free rein,
11(n)a weak and tremulous light
Type: 'noun.event'
Usage: 'the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers'
Usage: 'the play of light on the water'
Synonym: shimmer,
12(n)verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
Type: 'noun.communication'
Usage: 'he became a figure of fun'
Usage: 'he said it in sport'
Synonym: fun, sport,
13(n)movement or space for movement
Type: 'noun.attribute'
Usage: 'there was too much play in the steering wheel'
Synonym: looseness,
14(n)gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
Type: 'noun.act'
Usage: 'it was all done in play'
Usage: 'their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly'
Synonym: caper, frolic, gambol, romp,
15(n)(game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
Type: 'noun.act'
Usage: 'it is my turn'
Usage: 'it is still my play'
Synonym: turn,
16(n)the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)
Type: 'noun.act'
Usage: 'his gambling cost him a fortune'
Usage: 'there was heavy play at the blackjack table'
Synonym: gambling, gaming,
17(n)the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
Type: 'noun.act'
Synonym: swordplay,
1(v)participate in games or sport
Type: 'verb.competition'
Usage: 'We played hockey all afternoon'
Usage: 'play cards'
Usage: 'Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches'
2(v)act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome
Type: 'verb.social'
Usage: 'This factor played only a minor part in his decision'
Usage: 'This development played into her hands'
Usage: 'I played no role in your dismissal'
3(v)play on an instrument
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'The band played all night long'
4(v)play a role or part
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'Gielgud played Hamlet'
Usage: 'She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role'
Usage: 'She played the servant to her husband's master'
Synonym: act, represent,
5(v)be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
Type: 'verb.social'
Usage: 'The kids were playing outside all day'
Usage: 'I used to play with trucks as a little girl'
6(v)replay (as a melody)
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'Play it again, Sam'
Usage: 'She played the third movement very beautifully'
Synonym: spiel,
7(v)perform music on (a musical instrument)
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'He plays the flute'
Usage: 'Can you play on this old recorder?'
8(v)pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
Type: 'verb.body'
Usage: 'He acted the idiot'
Usage: 'She plays deaf when the news are bad'
Synonym: act, act as,
9(v)move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
Type: 'verb.motion'
Usage: 'The spotlights played on the politicians'
10(v)bet or wager (money)
Type: 'verb.competition'
Usage: 'He played $20 on the new horse'
Usage: 'She plays the races'
11(v)engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
Type: 'verb.social'
Usage: 'On weekends I play'
Usage: 'The students all recreate alike'
Synonym: recreate,
12(v)pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'Let's play like I am mommy'
Usage: 'Play cowboy and Indians'
13(v)emit recorded sound
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'The tape was playing for hours'
Usage: 'the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered'
14(v)perform on a certain location
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16'
Usage: 'She has been playing on Broadway for years'
15(v)put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
Type: 'verb.competition'
Usage: 'He is playing his cards close to his chest'
Usage: 'The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory'
16(v)engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
Type: 'verb.body'
Usage: 'They played games on their opponents'
Usage: 'play the stock market'
Usage: 'play with her feelings'
Usage: 'toy with an idea'
Synonym: toy,
17(v)behave in a certain way
Type: 'verb.social'
Usage: 'play safe'
Usage: 'play it safe'
Usage: 'play fair'
18(v)cause to emit recorded audio or video
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'They ran the tapes over and over again'
Usage: 'I'll play you my favorite record'
Usage: 'He never tires of playing that video'
Synonym: run,
19(v)manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
Type: 'verb.contact'
Usage: 'She played nervously with her wedding ring'
Usage: 'Don't fiddle with the screws'
Usage: 'He played with the idea of running for the Senate'
Synonym: diddle, fiddle, toy,
20(v)use to one's advantage
Type: 'verb.consumption'
Usage: 'She plays on her clients' emotions'
21(v)consider not very seriously
Type: 'verb.cognition'
Usage: 'He is trifling with her'
Usage: 'She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania'
Synonym: dally, trifle,
22(v)be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way
Type: 'verb.stative'
Usage: 'This speech didn't play well with the American public'
Usage: 'His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee'
23(v)behave carelessly or indifferently
Type: 'verb.social'
Usage: 'Play about with a young girl's affection'
Synonym: dally, flirt, toy,
24(v)cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
Type: 'verb.motion'
Usage: 'The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack'
25(v)perform on a stage or theater
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'She acts in this play'
Usage: 'He acted in `Julius Caesar''
Usage: 'I played in `A Christmas Carol''
Synonym: act, playact, roleplay,
26(v)be performed or presented for public viewing
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'What's playing in the local movie theater?'
Usage: '`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years'
27(v)cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
Type: 'verb.creation'
Usage: 'I cannot work a miracle'
Usage: 'wreak havoc'
Usage: 'bring comments'
Usage: 'play a joke'
Usage: 'The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area'
Synonym: bring, make for, work, wreak,
28(v)discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
Type: 'verb.contact'
Usage: 'play water from a hose'
Usage: 'The fountains played all day'
29(v)make bets
Type: 'verb.competition'
Usage: 'Play the races'
Usage: 'play the casinos in Trouville'
30(v)stake on the outcome of an issue
Type: 'verb.competition'
Usage: 'I bet $100 on that new horse'
Usage: 'She played all her money on the dark horse'
Synonym: bet, wager,
31(v)shoot or hit in a particular manner
Type: 'verb.competition'
Usage: 'She played a good backhand last night'
32(v)use or move
Type: 'verb.competition'
Usage: 'I had to play my queen'
33(v)employ in a game or in a specific position
Type: 'verb.competition'
Usage: 'They played him on first base'
34(v)contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
Type: 'verb.competition'
Usage: 'Princeton plays Yale this weekend'
Usage: 'Charlie likes to play Mary'
Synonym: encounter, meet, take on,
35(v)exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
Type: 'verb.body'
Usage: 'play a hooked fish'

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