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pronunciation:
pleI
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
phrases:
bring into play, play it by ear, play it safe
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a composition written for the stage; drama.
synonyms:
drama
similar words:
comedy, melodrama, performance, photoplay, screenplay, show, skit, teleplay, theatrical, tragedy
definition 2: activity that is intended for relaxation or amusement.
 
synonyms:
amusement, entertainment, frolic, game, merrymaking, recreation, sport
antonyms:
work
similar words:
diversion, divertissement, fun, merriment, pastime, revelry, romp
definition 3: fun, jest, or wittiness.
remarks made in play
synonyms:
fun, jest
similar words:
foolery, frivolity, joke, levity, sport
definition 4: general way of conducting oneself in a game.
Throughout the season his play was mediocre.
synonyms:
performance
similar words:
execution
definition 5: a specific action in a game.
He made a wonderful play at third base.
synonyms:
move
similar words:
double play, maneuver, save, score, setup, triple play
definition 6: an instance of gambling.
synonyms:
betting, gambling, gaming, wagering
similar words:
plunging
definition 7: unrestrained movement or action.
The steering wheel has too much play.
synonyms:
action, give, looseness
similar words:
mobility, motion, movement, room
definition 8: liberty for unhindered action or thought.
the play of his mind
synonyms:
breadth, latitude, scope
similar words:
amplitude, elbowroom, range
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phrase: bring into play
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: played, playing, plays
definition 1: to act the part of in a drama.
He's playing Romeo in a new production of Shakespeare's play.
synonyms:
act, enact, perform, personate, portray
similar words:
depict, impersonate, represent
definition 2: to act (a role) in real life.
She is playing the injured wife.
synonyms:
act, affect, feign
similar words:
assume, overplay, pretend, sham
definition 3: to perform in (a place or places).
Our band played the midwest.
similar words:
tour
definition 4: to take part in (a game or contest).
Let's play soccer.
 
synonyms:
compete in, participate in
similar words:
bow
definition 5: to make music with (an instrument).
 
similar words:
perform
definition 6: to manipulate for one's advantage (usu. fol. by off).
She played off her husband against her father.
synonyms:
exploit, use
similar words:
manipulate
definition 7: to control (a hooked fish).
similar words:
reel
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to engage in recreation; have fun.
 
synonyms:
disport, sport
antonyms:
work
similar words:
frolic, lark, recreate, romp
definition 2: to engage in a sport or game.
synonyms:
compete, sport
similar words:
participate, vie
definition 3: to behave in a specified way.
He doesn't play fair.
synonyms:
conform
similar words:
behave, perform
definition 4: to make music with an instrument.
similar words:
improvise, jam, perform
definition 5: to make a toy of another; use another without due regard for his or her feelings.
He is simply playing with me.
synonyms:
dally, trifle, try
similar words:
disport, fool, tease, toy
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phrase: play it by ear
phrase: play it safe
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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