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Play (IPA: /ˈpɫeɪ/)


Play (n.)

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

Play (n.)

To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.

Play (n.)

To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes.

Play (n.)

To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute.

Play (n.)

To act; to behave; to practice deception.

Play (n.)

To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain plays.

Play (n.)

To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.

Play (n.)

To act on the stage; to personate a character.

Play (v. t.)

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

Play (v. t.)

To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.

Play (v. t.)

To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin.

Play (v. t.)

To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play tricks.

Play (v. t.)

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.

Play (v. t.)

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.

Play (v. t.)

To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.

Play (n.)

Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.

Play (n.)

Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game.

Play (n.)

The act or practice of contending for victory, amusement, or a prize, as at dice, cards, or billiards; gaming; as, to lose a fortune in play.

Play (n.)

Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit.

Play (n.)

A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action.

Play (n.)

The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play.

Play (n.)

Performance on an instrument of music.

Play (n.)

Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action.

Play (n.)

Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth.

Play

Form of literature intended for theatrical performance

Play

A range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated activities done for recreational pleasure and enjoyment

Play

BDSM term designating a wide variety of activities

Play

Defunct American magazine focused on video games, manga and anime

Play

British magazine dedicated to the Sony PlayStation

Example Sentence (Quote)

" (to the Prince concerning Neku) If he pleases you sir, he's yours to play with anytime!" - The World Ends with You

Example Sentence (Quote)

" [People who play RPGs are] depressed gamers who like to sit alone in their dark rooms and play slow games."" - Hiroshi Yamauchi

Example Sentence (Quote)

"A man might as well play for nothing as work for nothing." - Sir Alexander Cockburn, 12th Baronet

Example Sentence (Quote)

"A man whom both the waters and the wind, In that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball For them to play upon." - Destiny

Example Sentence (Quote)

" About 90% of the women with whom you play with sexually will very quickly orgasm with this vibrator." - Hitachi Magic Wand


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