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