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1. play

verb. ['ˈpleɪ'] participate in games or sport.

Synonyms

  • exit
  • complete
  • fumble
  • take on
  • unblock
  • nail
  • volley
  • start
  • call
  • play out
  • walk
  • die
  • replay
  • field
  • put out
  • cradle
  • seesaw
  • golf
  • fullback
  • teetertotter
  • backstop
  • curl
  • face off
  • foul
  • gamble
  • bully off
  • snooker
  • ace
  • compete
  • bowl
  • meet
  • contend
  • putt
  • bandy
  • develop
  • tee off
  • bid
  • revoke
  • line up
  • teeter-totter
  • misplay
  • catch
  • cricket
  • vie
  • croquet
  • encounter

Antonyms

  • juvenile
  • rush
  • agreement
  • undock

Etymology

  • playen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • pleye (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • plæg (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

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Rhymes with Play

  • waga
  • compusa
  • communique
  • yakutakay
  • papier-mache
  • l'espalier
  • cluj
  • cabriolet
  • societe
  • san-jose
  • naivete
  • mcgarvey
  • jonbenet
  • intraday
  • dunlavey
  • chevrolet
  • buga
  • aaa
  • zepa
  • underway
  • underpay
  • santa-fe
  • portray
  • pinochet
  • overstay
  • monterrey
  • meservey
  • mcstay
  • liberte
  • langlais

How do you pronounce play?

Pronounce play as pleɪ.

US - How to pronounce play in American English

UK - How to pronounce play in British English

Sentences with play


1. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
You may receive a straight salary based on the role you play.

2. Verb, base form
This might sound like a boring task to you, but kids love the opportunity to play with money.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Once connected, you can send photos, messages and play with friends from anywhere in the world.

Quotes about play


1. Life must be lived as play.
- Plato

2. You want to play another kind of character in another genre, and it's been something I've been trying to do if I can in the career so far, and it's something I hope to continue because it's interesting to me and you get to do different things as an actor.
- Keanu Reeves

3. Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

2. play

noun. ['ˈpleɪ'] a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage.

Synonyms

  • miracle play
  • satyr play
  • stage direction
  • dramatic composition
  • theater of the absurd
  • act
  • mystery play
  • drama
  • dramatic work
  • dramatic play
  • playlet
  • Grand Guignol
  • Passion play

Antonyms

  • enjoy
  • appear
  • bring to
  • ignite

Etymology

  • playen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • pleye (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • plæg (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

3. play

verb. ['ˈpleɪ'] act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome.

Synonyms

  • act

Antonyms

  • demulsify
  • cool

Etymology

  • playen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • pleye (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • plæg (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

4. play

verb. ['ˈpleɪ'] play on an instrument.

Synonyms

  • perform
  • sound off
  • accompany
  • symphonise
  • follow
  • busk
  • spiel
  • bow
  • play along
  • symphonize
  • strike up

Antonyms

  • negativeness
  • negativity
  • decrease
  • increase

Etymology

  • playen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • pleye (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • plæg (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

5. play

verb. ['ˈpleɪ'] play a role or part.

Synonyms

  • portray
  • make
  • act out
  • support
  • re-create
  • act
  • emote
  • reenact
  • pretend
  • enact
  • make believe
  • parody
  • act as
  • playact
  • impersonate
  • represent

Antonyms

  • unready
  • disarranged
  • soft
  • up

Etymology

  • playen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • pleye (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • plæg (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

6. play

verb. ['ˈpleɪ'] be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children.

Synonyms

  • gambol
  • cavort
  • arse around
  • roughhouse
  • recreate
  • romp
  • splash around
  • horse around
  • frolic
  • skylark
  • lark
  • act
  • disport
  • frisk
  • fool
  • lark about
  • fool around
  • paddle
  • dabble
  • rollick
  • run around

Antonyms

  • acidify
  • fill
  • homogenise
  • engage

Etymology

  • playen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • pleye (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • plæg (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

7. play

verb. ['ˈpleɪ'] replay (as a melody).

Synonyms

  • bugle
  • slur
  • spiel
  • modulate
  • jazz
  • fiddle
  • replay
  • reprise
  • re-create
  • prelude
  • tongue
  • bang out
  • riff
  • repeat
  • reprize
  • misplay
  • recapitulate

Antonyms

  • insufficient
  • scarcity
  • abundant
  • loss

Etymology

  • playen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • pleye (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • plæg (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

8. play

noun. ['ˈpleɪ'] a preset plan of action in team sports.

Synonyms

  • knock on
  • razzmatazz
  • razmataz
  • basketball play
  • razzle-dazzle
  • plan of action
  • football play
  • power play

Antonyms

  • stuff
  • fail
  • detach
  • ground stroke

Etymology

  • playen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • pleye (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • plæg (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

9. play

noun. ['ˈpleɪ'] a theatrical performance of a drama.

Synonyms

  • curtain raiser
  • musical theater
  • musical comedy
  • show

Antonyms

  • let go of
  • unbend
  • straighten
  • repel

Etymology

  • playen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • pleye (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • plæg (Old English (ca. 450-1100))

10. play

verb. ['ˈpleɪ'] pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind.

Synonyms

  • act as
  • behave
  • do
  • represent

Antonyms

  • defend
  • agree
  • disclaim
  • fit

Etymology

  • playen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • pleye (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • plæg (Old English (ca. 450-1100))
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