a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; a theatrical performance of a drama
- "the play lasted two hours"
- "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
play, usually by children, that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules light-hearted; recreational activity for diversion or amusement
- "it was all done in play"
- "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child"
a preset plan of action in team sports
- "they made a futile play for power"
- "the coach drew up the plays for her team"
- "they gave full play to the artist's talent"
- "there was too much play in the steering wheel"
the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; use to one's advantage
- "She play on her clients' emotions"
- "Play into the hands of"
- "The fountains played all day"
- "This factor played only a minor part in his decision"
- "Play about with a young girl's affection"
- "Play a joke"
- "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
play games, play sports perform on a certain location: "He played the casinos in Las Vegas" bet or wager (money) put (a card or piece) into play during a game:
- ""He is playing his cards close to his chest""
- "She plays the races"
- "We played hockey all afternoon"
- "He played $20 on the new horse"
- "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"
- "play cards"
- spela [ spel ]
play (music) on an instrument perform music on (a musical instrument)
- "He plays the flute"
- "The band played all night long"
pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; be at play; be engaged in playful activity; typical of children; engage in an activity as if it were a game: "They played games on their opponents"
- "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"
- "The kids were playing outside all day"
- "Play cowboy and Indians"
- "Let's play like I am mommy"
- "She played nervously with her wedding ring"
- "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
- "Gielgud played Hamlet"
- "What's playing in the local movie theater?"
- "She acts in this play"
cause to be played:
- ""They ran the tapes over and over again""
- "Can you play on this old recorder?"
move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
- "The spotlights played on the politicians"
- svepa över
be received or accepted
- "This speech didn't play well with the American public"
- ta emot
engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
- "On weekends I play"
exhaust (a hooked fish) by allowing it to pull on the line