- play as a noun:
- 17 as a verb:
A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage:
— He wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway.
Dutch: drama, spel, stuk, theateropvoering, theaterstuk, toneelspel, toneelstuk
Polish: dramat, sztuka
A theatrical performance of a drama.
A preset plan of action in team sports.
A deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill:
— The runner was out on a play by the shortstop.
A state in which action is feasible.
Utilization or exercise.
An attempt to get something:
— They made a futile play for power.
Activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules:
— Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child.
synonym: child's play.
in games or plays or other performances The time during which play proceeds:
— Rain stopped play in the 4th inning.
The removal of constraints:
— They gave full play to the artist's talent.
synonym: free rein.
A weak and tremulous light:
— The play of light on the water.
Verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously).
Movement or space for movement:
— There was too much play in the steering wheel.
Gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement:
— It was all done in play.
Dutch: luchtsprong, stoeien, stoeipartij
Polish: dokazywanie, swawola, figle, harce, psoty
game The activity of doing something in an agreed succession:
— It is still my play.
The act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize):
— There was heavy play at the blackjack table.
The act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully.
Participate in games or sport.
Act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome.
Play on an instrument.
Dutch: musiceren, spelen
Play a role or part:
— Gielgud played Hamlet.
— She played the servant to her husband's master.
Dutch: acteren, spelen, toneelspelen
Be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children.
Replay (as a melody):
— Play it again, Sam.
— She played the third movement very beautifully.
Perform music on (a musical instrument).
Dutch: bespelen, manipuleren, spelen
Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind:
— She plays deaf when the news are bad.
Dutch: betonen, houden, uithangen, voordoen
Move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly.
Bet or wager (money).
Engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion:
— On weekends I play.
Dutch: recreëren, verpozen
Pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity.
Emit recorded sound.
Perform on a certain location.
Put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game.
Dutch: spelen, vallen
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.
Behave in a certain way.
Cause to emit recorded audio or video:
— I'll play you my favorite record.
— He never tires of playing that video.
Dutch: afdraaien, afspelen, draaien
Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination:
— She played nervously with her wedding ring.
— He played with the idea of running for the Senate.
Roget 416: play, pipe, strike up, sweep the chords, tweedle, fiddle; strike the lyre, beat the drum; blow the horn, sound the horn, wind the horn; doodle; grind the organ; touch the guitar ... show more
Dutch: spelen, stoeien
Use to one's advantage.
Consider not very seriously:
— She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania.
Be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way.
Behave carelessly or indifferently:
— Play about with a young girl's affection.
Cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space.
Perform on a stage or theater:
— She acts in this play.
— I played in `A Christmas Carol'.
Be performed or presented for public viewing.
Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence:
— Play a joke.
Discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream.
Stake on the outcome of an issue:
— She played all her money on the dark horse.
Dutch: er op kunnen rekenen, wedden
Shoot or hit in a particular manner.
Use or move.
Employ in a game or in a specific position.
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.
Moby thesaurus: ALGOL, COBOL, FORTRAN, Grand Guignol, Passion play, Tom show, abuse, accentuate, accompany, act, act a part, act as, act as foil, act out, act up, acting, action, actions, activism, activity ... show more.
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