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  • Traditional IPA Phonetic transcription of play: | plæj |
  • Modern IPA Phonetic transcription of play: | plæʌ |

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Meanings for play

act in a manner such as one has fun

play, drama, dramatic play(noun)

a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

"he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"


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"

maneuver, manoeuvre, play(noun)

a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill

"he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"


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"

bid, play(noun)

an attempt to get something

"they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention"

play, child's play(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"

playing period, period of play, play(noun)

(in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds

"rain stopped play in the 4th inning"

free rein, play(noun)

the removal of constraints

"he gave free rein to his impulses"; "they gave full play to the artist's talent"

shimmer, play(noun)

a weak and tremulous light

"the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers"; "the play of light on the water"

fun, play, sport(noun)

verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)

"he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"

looseness, play(noun)

movement or space for movement

"there was too much play in the steering wheel"

play, frolic, romp, gambol, caper(noun)

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"

turn, play(noun)

(game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

"it is my turn"; "it is still my play"

gambling, gaming, play(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)

"his gambling cost him a fortune"; "there was heavy play at the blackjack table"

play, swordplay(verb)

the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully


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"

act, play, represent(verb)

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"


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"

play, spiel(verb)

replay (as a melody)

"Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully"


perform music on (a musical instrument)

"He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?"

act, play, act as(verb)

pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

"He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"


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"

play, recreate(verb)

engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion

"On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike"


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"

play, toy(verb)

engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously

"They played games on their opponents"; "play the stock market"; "play with her feelings"; "toy with an idea"


behave in a certain way

"play safe"; "play it safe"; "play fair"

play, run(verb)

cause to emit recorded audio or video

"They ran the tapes over and over again"; "I'll play you my favorite record"; "He never tires of playing that video"

toy, fiddle, diddle, play(verb)

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"


use to one's advantage

"She plays on her clients' emotions"

dally, trifle, play(verb)

consider not very seriously

"He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"


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"

dally, toy, play, flirt(verb)

behave carelessly or indifferently

"Play about with a young girl's affection"


cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space

"The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack"

act, play, roleplay, playact(verb)

perform on a stage or theater

"She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"


be performed or presented for public viewing

"What's playing in the local movie theater?"; "`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years"

bring, work, play, wreak, make for(verb)

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"


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 races"; "play the casinos in Trouville"

bet, wager, play(verb)

stake on the outcome of an issue

"I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse"


shoot or hit in a particular manner

"She played a good backhand last night"


use or move

"I had to play my queen"


employ in a game or in a specific position

"They played him on first base"

meet, encounter, play, take on(verb)

contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

"Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"


exhaust by allowing to pull on the line

"play a hooked fish"

activity engaged in to amuse oneself

it's such a delight to watch the children in their play

a written work in which the story is told through speech and action that is intended to be acted out on stage

we'll be putting on a school play using that stage

an attitude or manner not to be taken seriously

I didn't mean to insult anyone, for it was all just play

the act or practice of employing something for a particular purpose

the host's sense of humor was obviously in play during the awards ceremony

a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end

the guy at the bar made an unusually creative play to get her phone number

to engage in activity for amusement

told her son that he needed some time to run and play in the yard after his hard work

to present a portrayal or performance of

played Hamlet in the campus production of the classic

to pretend to be (what one is not) in appearance or behavior

stop playing the innocent, because I know that you were behind that prank

to spend time in aimless activity

just played around while we waited for the bus to arrive

to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently

this is how we're going to play the situation

to risk (something) on the outcome of an uncertain event

figuring that she had little to lose, she played her last few bucks on the state lottery

Example Sentences of play

I play piano.

I play squash.

I play tennis.

I play violin.

I play baseball.

I play football.

I play in a band.

I play the piano.

I can play soccer.

I can play tennis.

Synonyms for play

manoeuvre looseness fun period of play shimmer bid maneuver caper romp dramatic event gaming sport frolic playing period free rein gambling swordplay gambol dramatic play turn drama tactical manoeuvre tactical maneuver tactics simulated military operation evasive action tactic bidding dictation tender command walkover piece of cake duck soup breeze pushover snap cinch picnic sportsman variation summercater sportswoman mutant athletics merriment mutation playfulness dissipation diarrhea dissolution looseness of the bowels licentiousness profligacy diarrhoea put on joke shoo in job capriole prank tomboy blowout laugher walkaway runaway trick hoyden antic bend act twist turning routine bit crook turn of events round tour spell go number good turn bout recreate make for flirt represent work dally wager wreak take on toy bet roleplay playact run fiddle diddle meet spiel act as bring encounter trifle dissemble interpret make up behave symbolize lay out move typify be stand for do stage exemplify pretend present comprise symbolise correspond constitute map defend animate quicken vivify cheer renovate hearten repair reanimate embolden revive revivify course scat run away turn tail melt down range guide function lead lam track down break away head for the hills extend endure bunk take to the woods consort execute feed carry scarper unravel lean die hard pass flow hunt race run for fly the coop hunt down persist incline ladder draw hightail it bleed black market be given prevail campaign tend escape ply operate melt rook swindle victimize gip shirk goldbrick tamper con monkey tinker gyp defraud hornswoggle nobble bunco short change scam mulct shrink from wanton romance coquette piddle chat up butterfly dawdle piddle away wanton away frivol philander coquet mash knead land process shape get impart add work out put to work take forge lick solve make fetch figure out form mould sour exploit bestow do work mold puzzle out institute convey crop exercise bring in ferment cultivate work on contribute act upon influence lend count reckon look depend calculate conform to touch foregather gather fulfill adjoin find match suffer acquire fulfil chance converge fit satisfy receive assume forgather get together happen run into cope with fill run across take over come across tackle undertake assemble contact bump accept admit see adopt pastime amusement diversion recreation opportunity scope room disport skip frisk revel make merry make fun game gambler take a part put in action put in operation perform on play on or upon enact exhibit perform personate act the part of take the part of engage in take part in gambols tragedy comedy or farce dramatic performance practice use manner of dealing swing elbow room liberty of action a fair field motion movement activity action playing plays playback played stake replay reproduce cheek gamble reproduction games discharge set have dalliance frolicking fun and games relaxation rollicking dramatization jest application employment operation usage artifice device dodge flimflam gambit gimmick jig juggle knack ploy ruse scheme shenanigan sleight stratagem wile rollick skylark impersonate portray masquerade (as) pose (as) doodle fiddle (around) fool around fribble goof (around) hang about kick around mess around monkey (around) potter (around) putter (around) address contend (with) cope (with) field grapple (with) hack handle manage manipulate negotiate treat lay put

Antonyms for play

Play in different languages

  • مسرحية, دَوْر, مسرح, لَعِب, عَزَفَ, لَعِبَ, مَثَّلَ, شَغَّلَ, لعبArabic
  • грацьByelorussian
  • joc obra participar tocar jugar actuar Catalan
  • ghjucàCorsican
  • hra hrát Czech
  • drama gêm chwarae Welch
  • stykke leg spil Danish
  • spiel schauspiel spielen abspielen German
  • fefeEstonian
  • παίζω παιχνίδι Greek
  • teatraĵo ludo ludi roli Esperanto
  • jugada obra juego jugar jugar a tocar actuar reproducir Spanish
  • jokaBasque
  • teatr بازی کردن بازی Persian
  • näytelmä peli välys leikki löysä kenttä esiintymä klappi siirto soittaa pelata hoitaa näytellä leikkiä Finnish
  • spæla, leikaFaeroese
  • pièce de théâtre jeu tourner lancer jouer jouer à amuser mettre interpréter French
  • dráma imirt ligean súgradh imir seinn Irish
  • cleasachd, cluich, cleasaichScots Gaelic
  • xogo, tocar, xogarGalician
  • משחק, שעשוע, שיחק, ניגן, השתעשע, השמיעHebrew
  • बजाना खेलना प्ले Hindi
  • darab játék holtjáték színdarab játszik lejátszik játszani Hungarian
  • խաղ ներկայացում նվագարկել խաղալ նվագել Armenian
  • jocarInterlingua
  • pentas bermain Indonesian
  • spila á leika sér spila leika Icelandic
  • dramma gioco giocare riproduci recitare suonare Italian
  • לְשַׂחֵקformer Hebrew
  • 遊び, 演劇, 演奏, 吹く, 奏でる, 遊ぶ, 演奏する, 叩く, 弾く, 遊びますJapanese
  • თამაშობა უკრავს თამაში Georgian
  • 연극, 놀다, 연기를 하다, 놀이Korean
  • tiyatro lîstik یاری yarî وازی şano piyes یاری کردن لێدان مۆسیقا لێدان Kurdish
  • fabula ludus lūdō cano inflo sono ludere Latin
  • žaisti groti Lithuanian
  • spēle luga rotaļa atskaņot spēlēt tēlot Latvian
  • whakatangiMaori
  • игра потег представа драма пиеса пушта свири глуми Macedonian
  • നാടകം കളി Malayalam
  • bermain Malay
  • ဆော့, ကစားBurmese
  • skuespill
  • schouwspel optreden stuk spelbeweging toneelstuk spel bespelen spelen afspelen meespelen Dutch
  • spel, skodespel
  • skuespill spill leke spille Norwegian
  • naashnéNavajo, Navaho
  • gra sztuka zabawa odtwarzać występować grać bawić się Polish
  • لوبې كول, ږغول, لوبه كول, لوبولPashto
  • jogo brincadeira tocar jogar atuar representar reproduzir brincar toque Portuguese
  • pukllay, takiyQuechua
  • giugarRomance
  • joc cânta juca joaca Romanian
  • игра зазор пьеса спектакль свободный ход люфт игра́ть поигра́ть играть Russian
  • ìgra, prèdstava, представа, игра, ȉgrati, и̏гратиSerbo
  • hra hrať hrať sa Slovak
  • igra, igrati, igrati se, predvajatiSlovenian
  • lojë Albanian
  • pjäs spel drag lek spela leka spela upp agera Swedish
  • tamthilia Swahili
  • விளையாட Tamil
  • నాటకం, ఆడుTegulu
  • เล่นThai
  • laro, dula, tumugtog, maglaroTagalog
  • tiyatro oyunu oyun oynamak çalmak Turkish
  • гра, гра́ти, гратиUkrainian
  • کھیلنا, بجانا, کھیلنےUrdu
  • chơi Vietnamese
  • שפּילןYiddish
  • Chinese

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