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play

play

 
 
pronunciation:
pleI
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a story written to be acted on a stage.
Our class put on a play for the whole school.
similar words:
comedy, performance, show
definition 2: activity that is meant to relax or amuse.
The parents watched their children at play.
 
synonyms:
entertainment, recreation
antonyms:
work
similar words:
fun
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: played, playing, plays
definition 1: to act the part of someone or something for an audience.
She will play an evil queen in the play.
synonyms:
perform
similar words:
represent
definition 2: to be in a game or contest.
Let's play soccer.
 
synonyms:
participate in
definition 3: to make music with.
She plays the piano very well.
 
similar words:
perform
definition 4: to take part in activities that are just for fun.
The children played outside all day.
 
derivations: playable (adj.), playlike (adj.)
Word Builder: play +
  • player:
    a person who plays a game.
  • playground:
    a space where people play.
  • playful:
    not serious; wanting to play and have fun.
  • playmate:
    a friend with whom you play.
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