play

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  • Members must complete a full length play by the end of the year.
  • He returned to play in the final home match of the season.
  • The hand is over when the players have finished playing their hands.
  • It was the first play to win all three of these major awards.
  • The game tracks how much time has been spent playing the game.
  • Each set covered game play for more powerful characters than the previous.
  • He has written one-act plays as well mainly for the radio.
  • There is also an annual night of one act plays, directed by students.
  • The team who plays at home is decided when the matches are drawn.
  • It was to be seven years before he played first-class cricket again.
  • It was to be eight years before he played first-class cricket again.
  • Four of the last five seasons have seen his teams selected for post season play.
  • The results for different players playing the same deal are then compared.
  • He played a huge role in the music industry during this time.
  • In fact, his plays are the main source of information about him.
  • Family history plays a part in the practice of some religious belief systems.
  • In a full-length play no situation is complete in itself. Cited from Public Speaking, by Clarence Stratton
  • Students also direct their own one-act plays every other year.
  • He subsequently played a major role in the politics of the country.
  • Many board games can now be played online against a computer and/or other players.
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Meaning of play

  • noun A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
    he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway
  • noun A theatrical performance of a drama
    the play lasted two hours
  • noun A preset plan of action in team sports
    the coach drew up the plays for her team
  • noun A state in which action is feasible
    the ball was still in play, insiders said the company's stock was in play
  • noun Utilization or exercise
    the play of the imagination
  • noun Activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
    Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child
  • noun 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
  • noun The act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
  • verb Participate in games or sport
    We played hockey all afternoon, play cards, Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches
  • verb 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
  • verb Play on an instrument
    The band played all night long
  • verb 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
  • verb Replay (as a melody)
    Play it again, Sam, She played the third movement very beautifully
  • verb Perform music on (a musical instrument)
    He plays the flute, Can you play on this old recorder?
  • verb Move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
    The spotlights played on the politicians
  • verb Bet or wager (money)
    He played $20 on the new horse, She plays the races
  • verb Engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
    On weekends I play, The students all recreate alike
  • verb Pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
    Let's play like I am mommy, Play cowboy and Indians
  • verb Emit recorded sound
    The tape was playing for hours, the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered
  • verb Perform on a certain location
    The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16, She has been playing on Broadway for years
  • verb 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
  • verb 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
  • verb Behave in a certain way
    play safe, play it safe, play fair
  • verb 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
  • verb Use to one's advantage
    She plays on her clients' emotions
  • verb 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
  • verb Cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
    The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack
  • verb Be performed or presented for public viewing
    What's playing in the local movie theater?, `Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years
  • verb Discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
    play water from a hose, The fountains played all day
  • verb Make bets
    Play the races, play the casinos in Trouville
  • verb Shoot or hit in a particular manner
    She played a good backhand last night
  • verb Use or move
    I had to play my queen
  • verb Employ in a game or in a specific position
    They played him on first base
  • verb Exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
    play a hooked fish