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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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  • rookie
  • cookie
  • bookie

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))

Example sentences of the word play-hooky


1. Noun Phrase
When you call, your boss has the ability to hear your voice and is less likely to think you're lying about your condition to play hooky for the day.

2. Noun Phrase
A sofa throw changes the look of your living room, whether it splashes some color across neutral decor, camouflages a problem, or just invites you to play hooky and curl up with a good book.

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