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Definition 1: gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement - [noun denoting act]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was all done in play
  • their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

"scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists" "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles" "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"

(... is a kind of play ) playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest

(... is a kind of play ) foolish or senseless behavior

(... is a kind of play ) frivolous or trifling behavior

"for actors, memorizing lines is no game" "for him, life is all fun and games"

(... is a kind of play ) rowdy or boisterous play

(... is a kind of play ) playful vexation

"the parody was just a form of teasing"

(... is a kind of play ) playing on words or speech sounds

Definition 2: (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession - [noun denoting act]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is my turn
  • it is still my play

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of play ) (game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game

(... is a kind of play ) (card games) the act of taking a trick with a trump when unable to follow suit

(... is a kind of play ) the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge

"the lead was in the dummy"

(... is a kind of play ) (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit

"he was at bat when it happened" "he got four hits in four at-bats"

(... is a kind of play ) (American football) a complete play to advance the football

"you have four downs to gain ten yards"

(... is a kind of play ) an offensive move in a sport or game

"they won the game with a 10-hit attack in the 9th inning"

(... is a kind of play ) the batting turn of a cricket player or team

(... is a kind of play ) a turn to be a starter (in a game at the beginning)

"he got his start because one of the regular pitchers was in the hospital" "his starting meant that the coach thought he was one of their best linemen"

(... is a kind of play ) (card games) in a single round, the sequence of cards played by all the players; the high card is the winner

(play belongs to category ...) a contest with rules to determine a winner

"you need four people to play this game"

Definition 3: the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his gambling cost him a fortune
  • there was heavy play at the blackjack table

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

"scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists" "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles" "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"

(play is a kind of ...) a specific form of evildoing

"vice offends the moral standards of the community"

(... is a kind of play ) active interest in gambling on sports events

(... is a kind of play ) the act of gambling

"he did it on a bet"

(... is a kind of play ) a game that involves gambling

(... is a kind of play ) casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly

"he risked his fortune on a throw of the dice"

Definition 4: an attempt to get something - [noun denoting act]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they made a futile play for power
  • he made a bid to gain attention

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

"made an effort to cover all the reading material" "wished him luck in his endeavor" "she gave it a good try"

Definition 5: a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill - [noun denoting act]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he made a great maneuver
  • the runner was out on a play by the shortstop

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) the act of changing location from one place to another

"police controlled the motion of the crowd" "the movement of people from the farms to the cities" "his move put him directly in my path"

(... is a kind of play ) (American football) defensive players try to break through the offensive line

(... is a kind of play ) (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand

"it took two strokes to get out of the bunker" "a good shot requires good balance and tempo" "he left me an almost impossible shot"

(... is a kind of play ) the manner of using the feet

(... is a kind of play ) (baseball) a play executed by a baseball team

(... is a kind of play ) getting in someone's way

(... is a kind of play ) the performance of a juggler

(... is a kind of play ) (ice hockey) the act of shooting the puck from within your own defensive area the length of the rink beyond the opponent's goal

(... is a kind of play ) (sports) the act of enabling another player to make a good play

(... is a kind of play ) a skillful maneuver in catching balls or in stealing the ball from the opposing team

(... is a kind of play ) (American football) a successful forward pass in football

(... is a kind of play ) a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating

"she made the best score on compulsory figures"

(... is a kind of play ) the act of taking the ball or puck away from the team on the offense (as by the interception of a pass)

(... is a kind of play ) (American football) a play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then blocked off as the runner goes through the place the lineman vacated

(... is part of play) a game involving athletic activity

Definition 6: a preset plan of action in team sports - [noun denoting act]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the coach drew up the plays for her team

(play is a kind of ...) a plan for actively doing something

(... is a kind of play ) (rugby) knocking the ball forward while trying to catch it (a foul)

(... is a kind of play ) (ice hockey) a play in which one team has a numerical advantage over the other as a result of penalties

"the team was unable to capitalize on the power play"

(... is a kind of play ) (American football) a play by the offensive team

(... is a kind of play ) any exciting and complex play intended to confuse (dazzle) the opponent

(... is a kind of play ) a play executed by a basketball team

Definition 7: activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules - [noun denoting act]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates

"scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists" "for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles" "drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation"

(... is a kind of play ) play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults

"the children were playing house"

(... is a kind of play ) children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office

"the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor"

(... is a kind of play ) play in which children pretend to put out a fire

Definition 8: the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) something done (usually as opposed to something said)

"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

(... is a kind of play ) the art or sport of fighting with swords (especially the use of foils or epees or sabres to score points under a set of rules)

Definition 9: utilization or exercise - [noun denoting act]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the play of the imagination

(play is a kind of ...) the act of using

"he warned against the use of narcotic drugs" "skilled in the utilization of computers"

Definition 10: movement or space for movement - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there was too much play in the steering wheel

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) the quality of being movable; capable of being moved or rearranged

(... is a kind of play ) a jerky back and forth kind of mobility

"he walked with the wiggliness of a child on high heels"

(... is a kind of play ) the quality of being loose (not taut)

"he hadn't counted on the slackness of the rope"

Definition 11: a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.

(... is a kind of play ) an ancient Greek burlesque with a chorus of satyrs

(... is a kind of play ) a play representing the Passion of Christ

(... is a kind of play ) a play of a macabre or horrific nature

(... is a kind of play ) plays stressing the irrational or illogical aspects of life, usually to show that modern life is pointless

"Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco have written plays for the theater of the absurd"

(... is a kind of play ) a short play

(... is a kind of play ) a medieval play representing episodes from the life of Christ

(... is a kind of play ) a medieval play representing episodes from the life of a saint or martyr

(... is a kind of play ) an allegorical play popular in the 15th and 16th centuries; characters personified virtues and vices

(play is a part of ...) a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

(play is a part of ...) an instruction written as part of the script of a play

(play belongs to category ...) the literary genre of works intended for the theater

Definition 12: verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously) - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he became a figure of fun
  • he said it in sport

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

(... is a kind of play ) fun characterized by humor

(... is a kind of play ) waggish behavior

(... is a kind of play ) a comic incident or series of incidents

(... is a kind of play ) a humorous play on words

"I do it for the pun of it" "his constant punning irritated her"

Definition 13: a theatrical performance of a drama - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the play lasted two hours

(play is a kind of ...) a social event involving a public performance or entertainment

"they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway"

(... is a kind of play ) a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing

(... is a kind of play ) a short play presented before the main play

Definition 14: a weak and tremulous light - [noun denoting event]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers
  • the play of light on the water

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

"the change was intended to increase sales" "this storm is certainly a change for the worse" "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

Definition 15: a state in which action is feasible - [noun denoting state]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the ball was still in play
  • insiders said the company's stock was in play

(play is a kind of ...) the state of being active

"his sphere of activity" "he is out of action"

Definition 16: the removal of constraints - [noun denoting state]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave free rein to his impulses
  • they gave full play to the artist's talent

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints

Definition 17: (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds - [noun denoting time]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • rain stopped play in the 4th inning

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

(... is a kind of play ) one playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course

"he played 18 holes"

(... is a kind of play ) a unit of play in tennis or squash

"they played two sets of tennis after dinner"

(play is a part of ...) (football, professional basketball) one of four divisions into which some games are divided

"both teams scored in the first quarter"

(play is a part of ...) (ice hockey) one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games

(play is a part of ...) one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval

(play is a part of ...) the final division into which the play of a game is divided

(play is a part of ...) the second division into which the play of a game is divided

(play is a part of ...) the first division into which the play of a game is divided

(play is a part of ...) (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive

(play is a part of ...) (baseball) one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat

(play is a part of ...) (polo) one of six divisions into which a polo match is divided

(play is a part of ...) (cricket) the division of play during which six balls are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch

(... is part of play) a game involving athletic activity

(play belongs to category ...) a contest with rules to determine a winner

"you need four people to play this game"

Definition 18: engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously - [verb of body]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They played games on their opponents
  • play the stock market
  • play with her feelings
  • toy with an idea

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

"You should act like an adult" "Don't behave like a fool" "What makes her do this way?" "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

Definition 19: pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind - [verb of body]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He acted the idiot
  • She plays deaf when the news are bad

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play has a similar meaning as ...) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

"You should act like an adult" "Don't behave like a fool" "What makes her do this way?" "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) play a role or part

"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 20: exhaust by allowing to pull on the line - [verb of body]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • play a hooked fish

(play is a kind of ...) wear out completely

"This kind of work exhausts me" "I'm beat" "He was all washed up after the exam"

Definition 21: consider not very seriously - [verb of cognition]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He is trifling with her
  • She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) take into consideration for exemplifying purposes

"Take the case of China" "Consider the following case"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) behave carelessly or indifferently

"Play about with a young girl's affection"

Definition 22: participate in games or sport - [verb of competition]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We played hockey all afternoon
  • play cards
  • Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches

(play is a kind of ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

(... is a kind of play ) play to a finish

"We have got to play this game out, even thought it is clear that we have last"

(... is a kind of play ) play as a fielder

(... is a kind of play ) be the catcher

"Who is catching?"

(... is a kind of play ) start a game by a face-off

(... is a kind of play ) strike a ball from the teeing ground at the start of a hole

(... is a kind of play ) play (a hole) in one stroke

(... is a kind of play ) complete a pass

(... is a kind of play ) play games for money

(... is a kind of play ) give a base on balls to

(... is a kind of play ) engage in the sport of bowling

"My parents like to bowl on Friday nights"

(... is a kind of play ) play golf

(... is a kind of play ) toss or strike a ball back and forth

(... is a kind of play ) commit a foul; break the rules

(... is a kind of play ) retire

"he was put out at third base on a long throw from left field"

(... is a kind of play ) play a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops

(... is a kind of play ) hit a putt

"he lost because he putted so poorly"

(... is a kind of play ) ride on a plank

(... is a kind of play ) lose the lead

(... is a kind of play ) run with the stick

(... is a kind of play ) play wrong or in an unskillful manner

(... is a kind of play ) to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player

(... is a kind of play ) move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions

"Spassky developed quickly"

(... is a kind of play ) move into a strategically more advantageous position

"develop the rook"

(... is a kind of play ) fail to follow suit when able and required to do so

(... is a kind of play ) leave one's opponent unable to take a direct shot

(... is a kind of play ) play the Scottish game of curling

(... is a kind of play ) take one's position before a kick-off

(... is a kind of play ) play in the starting lineup

(... is a kind of play ) drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder

"fumble a grounder"

(... is a kind of play ) play the quarterback

(... is a kind of play ) play the fullback

(... is a kind of play ) act as a backstop

(... is a kind of play ) play cricket

(... is a kind of play ) play again

"We replayed the game" "replay a point"

(... is a kind of play ) play the cards of (a suit) so that the last trick on which a hand can follow suit will be taken by a higher card in the hand of a partner who has the remaining cards of a combined holding

(... is a kind of play ) make a volley

(... is a kind of play ) make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands

"He called his trump"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

"Princeton plays Yale this weekend" "Charlie likes to play Mary"

Definition 23: bet or wager (money) - [verb of competition]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He played $20 on the new horse
  • She plays the races

(play is a kind of ...) play games for money

(... is a kind of play ) play a card lower than (a held high card)

(play has a similar meaning as ...) make bets

"Play the races" "play the casinos in Trouville"

Definition 24: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle - [verb of competition]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Princeton plays Yale this weekend
  • Charlie likes to play Mary

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of play ) oppose, as in hostility or a competition

"You must confront your opponent" "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring" "The two enemies finally confronted each other"

(... is a kind of play ) repeat a game against the same opponent

"Princeton replayed Harvard"

(play implies ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

(play has a similar meaning as ...) participate in games or sport

"We played hockey all afternoon" "play cards" "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) employ in a game or in a specific position

"They played him on first base"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) use or move

"I had to play my queen"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) shoot or hit in a particular manner

"She played a good backhand last night"

Definition 25: put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game - [verb of competition]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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 is a kind of ...) place troops or weapons in battle formation

(... is a kind of play ) lead (a card) and establish the trump suit

(... is a kind of play ) play a higher card than the one previously played

"Smith covered again"

(... is a kind of play ) designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand

(play has a similar meaning as ...) employ in a game or in a specific position

"They played him on first base"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) use or move

"I had to play my queen"

Definition 26: make bets - [verb of competition]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Play the races
  • play the casinos in Trouville

(play has a similar meaning as ...) stake on the outcome of an issue

"I bet $100 on that new horse" "She played all her money on the dark horse"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) bet or wager (money)

"He played $20 on the new horse" "She plays the races"

Definition 27: stake on the outcome of an issue - [verb of competition]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I bet $100 on that new horse
  • She played all her money on the dark horse

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) play games for money

(... is a kind of play ) place a bet on

"Which horse are you backing?" "I'm betting on the new horse"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) make bets

"Play the races" "play the casinos in Trouville"

(... is a kind of play ) bet more than the previous player

(... is a kind of play ) match or meet

"I saw the bet of one of my fellow players"

Definition 28: shoot or hit in a particular manner - [verb of competition]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She played a good backhand last night

(play is a kind of ...) cause to move by striking

"hit a ball"

(... is a kind of play ) secure with the foot

"hook the ball"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

"Princeton plays Yale this weekend" "Charlie likes to play Mary"

Definition 29: employ in a game or in a specific position - [verb of competition]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They played him on first base

(play is a kind of ...) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

"use your head!" "we only use Spanish at home" "I can't use this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied to many projects" "How do you utilize this tool?" "I apply this rule to get good results" "use the plastic bags to store the food" "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

"Princeton plays Yale this weekend" "Charlie likes to play Mary"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game

"He is playing his cards close to his chest" "The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory"

Definition 30: use or move - [verb of competition]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I had to play my queen

(play is a kind of ...) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

"use your head!" "we only use Spanish at home" "I can't use this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied to many projects" "How do you utilize this tool?" "I apply this rule to get good results" "use the plastic bags to store the food" "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

(... is a kind of play ) change a pawn for a better piece by advancing it to the eighth row, or change a checker piece for a more valuable piece by moving it to the row closest to your opponent

(play has a similar meaning as ...) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

"Princeton plays Yale this weekend" "Charlie likes to play Mary"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game

"He is playing his cards close to his chest" "The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory"

Definition 31: use to one's advantage - [verb of consumption]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She plays on her clients' emotions

(play is a kind of ...) use or manipulate to one's advantage

"He exploit the new taxation system" "She knows how to work the system" "he works his parents for sympathy"

Definition 32: manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination - [verb of contact]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She played nervously with her wedding ring
  • Don't fiddle with the screws
  • He played with the idea of running for the Senate

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) hold something in one's hands and move it

(... is a kind of play ) cause to be out on a fielding play

Definition 33: discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream - [verb of contact]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • play water from a hose
  • The fountains played all day

(play is a kind of ...) pour forth or release

"discharge liquids"

Definition 34: replay (as a melody) - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Play it again, Sam
  • She played the third movement very beautifully

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) create anew

"Re-create the boom of the West on a small scale"

(... is a kind of play ) change the key of, in music

"modulate the melody"

(... is a kind of play ) play loudly

"They banged out `The star-spangled banner'"

(... is a kind of play ) play smoothly or legato

"the pianist slurred the most beautiful passage in the sonata"

(... is a kind of play ) repeat an earlier theme of a composition

(... is a kind of play ) play on a bugle

(... is a kind of play ) play in ragtime

"rag that old tune"

(... is a kind of play ) play something in the style of jazz

(... is a kind of play ) play as a prelude

(... is a kind of play ) play (a melody) again

(... is a kind of play ) play on a violin

"Zuckerman fiddled that song very nicely"

(... is a kind of play ) play incorrectly, e.g., play a wrong note

(... is a kind of play ) play riffs

(... is a kind of play ) articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments

(play has a similar meaning as ...) play on an instrument

"The band played all night long"

Definition 35: perform music on (a musical instrument) - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He plays the flute
  • Can you play on this old recorder?

(play is a kind of ...) cause to sound

"sound the bell" "sound a certain note"

(... is a kind of play ) blow the clarion

(... is a kind of play ) play or blow on the trumpet

(... is a kind of play ) play the violin or fiddle

(... is a kind of play ) play the harp

"She harped the Saint-Saens beautifully"

(... is a kind of play ) play a percussion instrument

(... is a kind of play ) play on a pipe

"pipe a tune"

(... is a kind of play ) play chords on (a stringed instrument)

(... is a kind of play ) play negligently on a musical instrument

(... is a kind of play ) produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly

"beat the drum"

(... is a kind of play ) play the bagpipes

(... is a kind of play ) manipulate the registers of an organ

(play has a similar meaning as ...) play on an instrument

"The band played all night long"

(play belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

(play belongs to category ...) musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)

"his music was his central interest"

Definition 36: play a role or part - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) create anew

"Re-create the boom of the West on a small scale"

(... is a kind of play ) give expression or emotion to, in a stage or movie role

(... is a kind of play ) make a spoof of or make fun of

(... is a kind of play ) represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

"She makes like an actress"

(... is a kind of play ) assume or act the character of

"She impersonates Madonna" "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"

(... is a kind of play ) play a subordinate role to (another performer)

"Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"

(... is a kind of play ) represent an incident, state, or emotion by action, especially on stage

"She could act neurotic anxiety"

(... is a kind of play ) act out; represent or perform as if in a play

"She reenacted what had happened earlier that day"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity

"Let's play like I am mommy" "Play cowboy and Indians"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) perform on a stage or theater

"She acts in this play" "He acted in `Julius Caesar'" "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

"He acted the idiot" "She plays deaf when the news are bad"

(play belongs to category ...) arts or skills that require public performance

Definition 37: perform on a certain location - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16
  • She has been playing on Broadway for years

(play is a kind of ...) give a performance (of something)

"Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight" "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) perform on a stage or theater

"She acts in this play" "He acted in `Julius Caesar'" "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

(play belongs to category ...) arts or skills that require public performance

Definition 38: be performed or presented for public viewing - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • What's playing in the local movie theater?
  • `Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years

(... is a kind of play ) appear for the first time in public

"The new ballet that debuts next months at Covent Garden, is already sold out"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) perform on a stage or theater

"She acts in this play" "He acted in `Julius Caesar'" "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

(play belongs to category ...) arts or skills that require public performance

Definition 39: cause to emit recorded audio or video - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • They ran the tapes over and over again
  • I'll play you my favorite record
  • He never tires of playing that video

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play has a similar meaning as ...) cause to perform

"run a subject" "run a process"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) emit recorded sound

"The tape was playing for hours" "the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) carry out a process or program, as on a computer or a machine

"Run the dishwasher" "run a new program on the Mac" "the computer executed the instruction"

Definition 40: pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Let's play like I am mommy
  • Play cowboy and Indians

(play is a kind of ...) make a pretence of

"She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger" "he feigned sleep"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) play a role or part

"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 41: perform on a stage or theater - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She acts in this play
  • He acted in `Julius Caesar'
  • I played in `A Christmas Carol'

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) give a performance (of something)

"Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight" "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera"

(... is a kind of play ) act as the stooge

"His role was to stooge for the popular comedian"

(... is a kind of play ) act (a role) with great restraint

(... is a kind of play ) exaggerate one's acting

(... is a kind of play ) act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only

"The acting students mimed eating an apple"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) be suitable for theatrical performance

"This scene acts well"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) play a role or part

"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 has a similar meaning as ...) be performed or presented for public viewing

"What's playing in the local movie theater?" "`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) perform on a certain location

"The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16" "She has been playing on Broadway for years"

(play belongs to category ...) the art of writing and producing plays

Definition 42: emit recorded sound - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The tape was playing for hours
  • the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered

(play is a kind of ...) give off a certain sound or sounds

"This record sounds scratchy"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) cause to emit recorded audio or video

"They ran the tapes over and over again" "I'll play you my favorite record" "He never tires of playing that video"

Definition 43: play on an instrument - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The band played all night long

(play is a kind of ...) give a performance (of something)

"Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight" "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera"

(... is a kind of play ) play music in a public place and solicit money for it

"three young men were busking in the plaza"

(... is a kind of play ) start playing

"The musicians struck up a tune"

(... is a kind of play ) play on a stringed instrument with a bow

(... is a kind of play ) play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm

(... is a kind of play ) perform an accompaniment to

"The orchestra could barely follow the frequent pitch changes of the soprano"

(... is a kind of play ) play or sound together, in harmony

(play has a similar meaning as ...) perform music on (a musical instrument)

"He plays the flute" "Can you play on this old recorder?"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) replay (as a melody)

"Play it again, Sam" "She played the third movement very beautifully"

(play belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 44: cause to happen or to occur as a consequence - [verb of creation]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I cannot work a miracle
  • wreak havoc
  • bring comments
  • play a joke
  • The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected

"The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought" "How does your idea work in practice?" "This method doesn't work" "The breaks of my new car act quickly" "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"

Definition 45: move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly - [verb of motion]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The spotlights played on the politicians

(play is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 46: cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space - [verb of motion]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack

(play is a kind of ...) cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

"Move those boxes into the corner, please" "I'm moving my money to another bank" "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • On weekends I play
  • The students all recreate alike

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play has a similar meaning as ...) be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children

"The kids were playing outside all day" "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • play safe
  • play it safe
  • play fair

(play is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome

"This factor played only a minor part in his decision" "This development played into her hands" "I played no role in your dismissal"

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The kids were playing outside all day
  • I used to play with trucks as a little girl

(play is a kind of ...) be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure

(... is a kind of play ) engage in rough or disorderly play

(... is a kind of play ) indulge in horseplay

"Enough horsing around--let's get back to work!" "The bored children were fooling about"

(... is a kind of play ) play boisterously

"The children frolicked in the garden" "the gamboling lambs in the meadows" "The toddlers romped in the playroom"

(... is a kind of play ) play in or as if in water, as of small children

(play has a similar meaning as ...) engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion

"On weekends I play" "The students all recreate alike"

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This factor played only a minor part in his decision
  • This development played into her hands
  • I played no role in your dismissal

(play is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) behave in a certain way

"play safe" "play it safe" "play fair"

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Play about with a young girl's affection

Synonyms for play in the sense of this definition

(play is a kind of ...) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

"think before you act" "We must move quickly" "The governor should act on the new energy bill" "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

(play has a similar meaning as ...) consider not very seriously

"He is trifling with her" "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"

Definition 52: be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way - [verb of stative]

Samples where play or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This speech didn't play well with the American public
  • His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee

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