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Definition of play
- Play n
- A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway" [syn: {drama}, {dramatic play}]
- A theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours"
- A preset plan of action in team sports; "the coach drew up the plays for her team"
- A deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; "he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop" [syn: {maneuver}, {manoeuvre}]
- A state in which action is feasible; "the ball was still in play"; "insiders said the company's stock was in play"
- Utilization or exercise; "the play of the imagination"
- An attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention" [syn: {bid}]
- Play by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child" [syn: {child's play}]
- (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; "rain stopped play in the 4th inning" [syn: {playing period}, {period of play}]
- The removal of constraints; "he gave free rein to his impulses"; "they gave full play to the artist's talent" [syn: {free rein}]
- A weak and tremulous light; "the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers"; "the play of light on the water" [syn: {shimmer}]
- Verbal wit (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun" [syn: {fun}, {sport}]
- Movement or space for movement; "there was too much play in the steering wheel" [syn: {looseness}] [ant: {tightness}]
- 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" [syn: {frolic}, {romp}, {gambol}, {caper}]
- 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" [syn: {gambling}, {gaming}]
- The activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play" [syn: {turn}]
- The act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully [syn: {swordplay}] v
- Participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
- 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 on an instrument; "The band played all night long"
- 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 husband's master" [syn: {act}, {represent}]
- 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"
- Replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully" [syn: {spiel}]
- Perform music on (a musical instrument); "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?"
- Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad" [syn: {act}, {act as}]
- Move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; "The spotlights played on the politicians"
- Bet or wager (money); "He played $20 on the new horse"; "She plays the races"
- Engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion; "On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike" [syn: {recreate}]
- Pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; "Let's play like I am mommy"; "Play cowboy and Indians"
- Emit recorded sound; "The tape was playing for hours"; "the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered"
- Perform on a certain location; "The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16"; "She has been playing on Broadway for years"
- 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"
- 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" [syn: {toy}]
- Behave in a certain way; "play safe"; "play it safe"; "play fair"
- Cause to emit recorded sounds; "They ran the tapes over and over again"; "Can you play my favorite record?" [syn: {run}]
- 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" [syn: {toy}, {fiddle}, {diddle}]
- Use to one's advantage; "She plays on her clients' emotions"
- Consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania" [syn: {dally}, {trifle}]
- 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"
- Behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection" [syn: {dally}, {toy}, {flirt}]
- Cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space; "The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack"
- Perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'" [syn: {act}, {roleplay}, {playact}]
- Be performed; "What's playing in the local movie theater?"; "`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years"
- 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 drought-stricken area" [syn: {bring}, {work}, {wreak}, {make for}]
- Discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; "play water from a hose"; "The fountains played all day"
- Make bets; "Play the reaces"; "play the casinos in Trouville" 30: stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse" [syn: {bet}, {wager}] 3
- Shoot or hit in a particular manner; "She played a good backhand last night" 3
- Use or move; "I had to play my queen" 3
- Employ in a game or in a specific position; "They played him on first base" 3
- Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary" [syn: {meet}, {encounter}, {take on}] 3
- Exhaust by allowing to pull on the line; "play a hooked fish"
Akani Maluleke edited Play - an instrument to Play - 2015-08-08 22:05:58
Akani Maluleke edited type --Default-- to - 2015-08-08 22:05:58
Akani Maluleke edited type --Default-- to - 2015-08-08 22:05:58

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