What is play?

  • (verb): Stake on the outcome of an issue.
    Synonyms: bet, wager
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on play:

Friedrich Dürrenmatt - Adaptations
... story, 'Die Panne' (Traps) was adapted into a Marathi play, Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (Silence! The Court Is in Session) by Indian playwright, Vijay Tendulkar in ... His play 'The Visit' has been adapted and Indianised into a play called "Miss.Meena" by Chennai based theatre group called 'perch' ...
Cincinnati Bengals - Contributions To NFL Culture - No Huddle Offense
... By quickly setting up for the next play (often within 5–10 seconds after the last play despite being afforded 45 seconds) this hindered the other team's defense from substituting situational players ... for substitutions (if offensive substitutions are made) If a player's injury causes the play-clock to stop, the player must sit out at least one play and Charging a time-out to a team when a ...
Arthur Miller - Works - Stage Plays
... Death of a Salesman (1949) An Enemy of the People (1950, based on Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People) The Crucible (1953) A View from the Bridge (1955) A Memory of Two Mondays (1955) After the Fall (1964 ...
Zsuzsanna Budapest - Play
... The Rise of the Fates A Woman's Passion Play 1976. ...
Il Capitano - Variants - Scaramouche
... In the play, the historical figure is portrayed as a violent, easily-angered braggart who is sensitive about slurs on his considerable courage, his ... An unnamed soldier in a short play by Miguel de Cervantes called The Vigilant Sentinel matched this character to the letter ... In the play he waits, bespectacled and wearing ragged clothes, desperately trying to frighten away any rival suitors from the house of the girl he wished to marry ...

More definitions of "play":

  • (noun): Movement or space for movement.
    Example: "There was too much play in the steering wheel"
    Synonyms: looseness
  • (verb): Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination.
    Synonyms: toy, fiddle, diddle
  • (noun): A preset plan of action in team sports.
    Example: "The coach drew up the plays for her team"
  • (verb): Use or move.
    Example: "I had to play my queen"
  • (verb): Participate in games or sport.
    Example: "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
  • (verb): Use to one's advantage.
    Example: "She plays on her clients' emotions"
  • (verb): Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence.
    Example: "Play a joke"
    Synonyms: bring, work, wreak, make for
  • (noun): The activity of doing something in an agreed succession.
    Example: "It is still my play"
    Synonyms: turn
  • (verb): Cause to emit recorded sounds.
    Example: "Can you play my favorite record?"
    Synonyms: run
  • (noun): Gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement.
    Example: "It was all done in play"
    Synonyms: frolic, romp, gambol, caper
  • (verb): 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"
  • (noun): A deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill.
    Example: "The runner was out on a play by the shortstop"
    Synonyms: maneuver, manoeuvre
  • (verb): Play on an instrument.
    Example: "The band played all night long"
  • (verb): Bet or wager (money).
    Example: "He played $20 on the new horse"; "She plays the races"
  • (noun): The act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully.
    Synonyms: swordplay
  • (noun): Verbal wit (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously).
    Synonyms: fun, sport
  • (verb): Replay (as a melody).
    Example: "Play it again, Sam"
    Synonyms: spiel
  • (verb): Make bets.
    Example: "Play the reaces"; "play the casinos in Trouville"
  • (verb): 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"
  • (verb): Perform on a stage or theater.
    Example: "She acts in this play"
    Synonyms: act, roleplay, playact
  • (verb): 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"
  • (verb): Perform music on (a musical instrument).
    Example: "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?"
  • (noun): 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: "There was heavy play at the blackjack table"
    Synonyms: gambling, gaming
  • (verb): Be performed.
    Example: "What's playing in the local movie theater?"; "'Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years"
  • (verb): Be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children.
    Example: "The kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"
  • (noun): A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage.
    Synonyms: drama, dramatic play
  • (noun): Utilization or exercise.
    Example: "The play of the imagination"
  • (verb): Consider not very seriously.
    Synonyms: dally, trifle
  • (noun): A state in which action is feasible.
    Example: "The ball was still in play"; "insiders said the company's stock was in play"
  • (verb): Behave in a certain way.
    Example: "Play safe"; "play it safe"; "play fair"
  • (verb): Engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously.
    Example: "Play the stockmarket"; "play with her feelings"
    Synonyms: toy
  • (verb): Exhaust by allowing to pull on the line.
    Example: "Play a hooked fish"
  • (noun): A theatrical performance of a drama.
    Example: "The play lasted two hours"
  • (verb): Employ in a game or in a specific position.
    Example: "They played him on first base"
  • (verb): Shoot or hit in a particular manner.
    Example: "She played a good backhand last night"
  • (verb): Move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly.
    Example: "The spotlights played on the politicians"
  • (verb): Engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion.
    Example: "On weekends I play"
    Synonyms: recreate
  • (verb): Emit recorded sound.
    Example: "The tape was playing for hours"; "the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered"
  • (verb): Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle.
    Example: "Charlie likes to play Mary"
    Synonyms: meet, encounter, take on
  • (verb): Perform on a certain location.
    Example: "The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16"; "She has been playing on Broadway for years"
  • (noun): (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds.
    Example: "Rain stopped play in the 4th inning"
    Synonyms: playing period, period of play
  • (verb): Behave carelessly or indifferently.
    Example: "Play about with a young girl's affection"
    Synonyms: dally, toy, flirt
  • (verb): 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"
  • (verb): Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind.
    Synonyms: act, act as
  • (noun): An attempt to get something.
    Example: "They made a futile play for power"
    Synonyms: bid
  • (verb): 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"
  • (noun): A weak and tremulous light.
    Example: "The play of light on the water"
    Synonyms: shimmer
  • (noun): Play by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules.
    Example: "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child"
    Synonyms: child's play
  • (verb): Cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space.
    Example: "The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack"
  • (noun): The removal of constraints.
    Example: "They gave full play to the artist's talent"
    Synonyms: free rein

Famous quotes containing the word play:

    Man is neither angel nor beast, and the unfortunate thing is that he who would play the angel plays the beast.
    Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)

    If you will play from a copy of a tune that is choppy,
    You’ll get all my applause.
    Irving Berlin (1888–1989)

    You’re gonna take the rap and play along. You’re gonna make every exact move I tell you. If you don’t, I’ll kill you. And I’ll promise you one thing, it won’t be quick. I’ll break you first. You won’t be able to answer a telephone or open a door without thinking “This is it.” And when it comes, it still won’t be quick. And it won’t be pretty.
    Geoffrey Homes (1902–1977)