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Definition of Play


  1. To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot.
  2. To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.
  3. To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes.
  4. To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute.
  5. To act; to behave; to practice deception.
  6. To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain plays.
  7. To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.
  8. To act on the stage; to personate a character.
  9. To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump.
  10. To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.
  11. To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin.
  12. To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play tricks.
  13. To act or perform (a play); to represent in music action; as, to play a comedy; also, to act in the character of; to represent by acting; to simulate; to behave like; as, to play King Lear; to play the woman.
  14. To engage in, or go together with, as a contest for amusement or for a wager or prize; as, to play a game at baseball.
  15. To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.
  16. Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.
  17. Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game.
  18. The act or practice of contending for victory, amusement, or a prize, as at dice, cards, or billiards; gaming; as, to lose a fortune in play.
  19. Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit.
  20. A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action.
  21. The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play.
  22. Performance on an instrument of music.
  23. Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action.
  24. Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth.
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Play Translations

play in Afrikaans is speel
play in Danish is spille, lege
play in Dutch is uitvoeren, spelen, voorspelen
play in French is jouez, jeu, jouons, jouent
play in German is spielen, Spiel, Schauspiel, spielen, Spiel
play in Italian is giuocare, pezzo, giuoco, spettacolo
play in Latin is lascivio, fabula
play in Portuguese is jogo
play in Spanish is jugar, baraja, ta er