1. A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage (synset 107021061)
    "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
  2. A theatrical performance of a drama (synset 107032045)
    "the play lasted two hours"
  3. A preset plan of action in team sports (synset 100558625)
    "the coach drew up the plays for her team"
  4. A deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill (synset 100557350)
    "he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop"
  5. A state in which action is feasible (synset 114033234)
    "the ball was still in play"; "insiders said the company's stock was in play"
  6. Utilization or exercise (synset 100949412)
    "the play of the imagination"
  7. An attempt to get something (synset 100788541)
    "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention"
  8. Activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules (synset 100432833)
    "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child"
  9. (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds (synset 115281726)
    "rain stopped play in the 4th inning"
  10. The removal of constraints (synset 114017327)
    "he gave free rein to his impulses"; "they gave full play to the artist's talent"
  11. A weak and tremulous light (synset 107426451)
    "the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers"; "the play of light on the water"
  12. Verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously) (synset 106793739)
    "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"
  13. Movement or space for movement (synset 104781750)
    "there was too much play in the steering wheel"
  14. Gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement (synset 100512828)
    "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly"
  15. (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession (synset 100458406)
    "it is my turn"; "it is still my play"
  16. The act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize) (synset 100431125)
    "his gambling cost him a fortune"; "there was heavy play at the blackjack table"
  17. The act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully (synset 100042206)
  1. Participate in games or sport (synset 201075360)
    "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
  2. Act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome (synset 202375741)
    "This factor played only a minor part in his decision"; "This development played into her hands"; "I played no role in your dismissal"
  3. Play on an instrument (synset 201728928)
    "The band played all night long"
  4. Play a role or part (synset 201723161)
    "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. Be at play;
    Be engaged in playful activity;
    Amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children (synset 202423786)
    "The kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"
  6. Replay (as a melody) (synset 201728336)
    "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully"
  7. Perform music on (a musical instrument) (synset 201730049)
    "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?"
  8. Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind (synset 200013608)
    "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
  9. Move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly (synset 201907378)
    "The spotlights played on the politicians"
  10. Bet or wager (money) (synset 201141337)
    "He played $20 on the new horse"; "She plays the races"
  11. Engage in recreational activities rather than work;
    Occupy oneself in a diversion (synset 202423521)
    "On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike"
  12. Pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity (synset 201725954)
    "Let's play like I am mommy"; "Play cowboy and Indians"
  13. Emit recorded sound (synset 201721295)
    "The tape was playing for hours"; "the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered"
  14. Perform on a certain location (synset 201720478)
    "The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16"; "She has been playing on Broadway for years"
  15. Put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game (synset 201151936)
    "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. Engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously (synset 200013321)
    "They played games on their opponents"; "play the stock market"; "play with her feelings"; "toy with an idea"
  17. Behave in a certain way (synset 202603598)
    "play safe"; "play it safe"; "play fair"
  18. Cause to emit recorded audio or video (synset 201721028)
    "They ran the tapes over and over again"; "I'll play you my favorite record"; "He never tires of playing that video"
  19. Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination (synset 201589199)
    "She played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate"
  20. Use to one's advantage (synset 201165671)
    "She plays on her clients' emotions"
  21. Consider not very seriously (synset 200713761)
    "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania"
  22. Be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way (synset 202728324)
    "This speech didn't play well with the American public"; "His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee"
  23. Behave carelessly or indifferently (synset 202442312)
    "Play about with a young girl's affection"
  24. Cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space (synset 201907555)
    "The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack"
  25. Perform on a stage or theater (synset 201723780)
    "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
  26. Be performed or presented for public viewing (synset 201720741)
    "What's playing in the local movie theater?"; "`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years"
  27. Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence (synset 201632781)
    "I cannot work a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a joke"; "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"
  28. Discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream (synset 201379904)
    "play water from a hose"; "The fountains played all day"
  29. Make bets (synset 201158581)
    "Play the races"; "play the casinos in Trouville"
  30. Stake on the outcome of an issue (synset 201158153)
    "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse"
  31. Shoot or hit in a particular manner (synset 201083084)
    "She played a good backhand last night"
  32. Use or move (synset 201082457)
    "I had to play my queen"
  33. Employ in a game or in a specific position (synset 201082266)
    "They played him on first base"
  34. Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle (synset 201081873)
    "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary"
  35. Exhaust by allowing to pull on the line (synset 200075628)
    "play a hooked fish"

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