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Overview of noun play

The noun play has 17 senses? (first 8 from tagged texts)
1. (32) play, drama, dramatic play

(a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway")

2. (10) play

(a theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours")

3. (8) play

(a preset plan of action in team sports; "the coach drew up the plays for her team")

4. (6) maneuver, manoeuvre, play

(a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; "he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop")

5. (2) play

(a state in which action is feasible; "the ball was still in play"; "insiders said the company's stock was in play")

6. (1) play

(utilization or exercise; "the play of the imagination")

7. (1) bid, play

(an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention")

8. (1) play, child's play

(activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child")

9. playing period, period of play, play

((in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; "rain stopped play in the 4th inning")

10. free rein, play

(the removal of constraints; "he gave free rein to his impulses"; "they gave full play to the artist's talent")

11. shimmer, play

(a weak and tremulous light; "the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers"; "the play of light on the water")

12. fun, play, sport

(verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport")

13. looseness, play

(movement or space for movement; "there was too much play in the steering wheel")

14. play, frolic, romp, gambol, caper

(gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly")

15. turn, play

((game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play")

16. gambling, gaming, 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); "his gambling cost him a fortune"; "there was heavy play at the blackjack table")

17. play, swordplay

(the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully)


Overview of verb play

The verb play has 35 senses? (first 21 from tagged texts)
1. (70) play

(participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches")

2. (37) play

(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")

3. (29) play

(play on an instrument; "The band played all night long")

4. (27) act, play, represent

(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")

5. (23) play

(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")

6. (14) play, spiel

(replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully")

7. (8) play

(perform music on (a musical instrument); "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?")

8. (6) act, play, act as

(pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad")

9. (5) play

(move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; "The spotlights played on the politicians")

10. (5) play

(bet or wager (money); "He played $20 on the new horse"; "She plays the races")

11. (4) play, recreate

(engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion; "On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike")

12. (4) play

(pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; "Let's play like I am mommy"; "Play cowboy and Indians")

13. (3) play

(emit recorded sound; "The tape was playing for hours"; "the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered")

14. (2) play

(perform on a certain location; "The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16"; "She has been playing on Broadway for years")

15. (2) play

(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")

16. (2) play, toy

(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"; "toy with an idea")

17. (1) play

(behave in a certain way; "play safe"; "play it safe"; "play fair")

18. (1) play, run

(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")

19. (1) toy, fiddle, diddle, play

(manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; "She played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate")

20. (1) play

(use to one's advantage; "She plays on her clients' emotions")

21. (1) dally, trifle, play

(consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania")

22. play

(be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way; "This speech didn't play well with the American public"; "His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee")

23. dally, toy, play, flirt

(behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection")

24. play

(cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space; "The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack")

25. act, play, roleplay, playact

(perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'")

26. play

(be performed or presented for public viewing; "What's playing in the local movie theater?"; "`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years")

27. bring, work, play, wreak, make for

(cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; "I cannot work a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a joke"; "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area")

28. play

(discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; "play water from a hose"; "The fountains played all day")

29. play

(make bets; "Play the races"; "play the casinos in Trouville")

30. bet, wager, play

(stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse")

31. play

(shoot or hit in a particular manner; "She played a good backhand last night")

32. play

(use or move; "I had to play my queen")

33. play

(employ in a game or in a specific position; "They played him on first base")

34. meet, encounter, play, take on

(contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary")

35. play

(exhaust by allowing to pull on the line; "play a hooked fish")

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