Definition of 'play'

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Example sentences containing 'play'

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You have to just play in the moment. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Golden light plays on the looping branches of a willow tree down by the riverside. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The radio was playing the sound a male cod makes to get females to release their eggs. Times, Sunday Times (2016)An announcement before the show promises that they really are playing their instruments live in front of you. Times, Sunday Times (2016)In its simplest form this may just be by finding a play to use the last of your letters. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Do you make time for play? Times, Sunday Times (2017)Having a fire to play with is something people don't have a chance to do. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We're also not allowed to play competitive sport. The Sun (2017)Like not play so much basketball and actually take my pre-season seriously. The Sun (2017)If they perform, they play. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We just have to play and enjoy it. The Sun (2013)Not many people use their clock radios as a way to play the radio. Al Ries and Laura Ries THE 22 IMMUTABLE LAWS OF BRANDING (2002)There is definitely something to play for. Times, Sunday Times (2010)You can rebuild a rocky relationship or find romance where sport is played. The Sun (2008)She used to play the piano but the instrument has been warped by the tropical heat. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Only basketball is played with any seriousness outside the continent. Times, Sunday Times (2007)You were asked for the best line of play with this combination to land four tricks. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Whether or not you learn to play an instrument through school is a postcode lottery. Times, Sunday Times (2014)We also discover the impact of performing these plays. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Yet playing basketball actually helped him become a goalkeeper. The Sun (2014)This time he also plays his own twin brother. The Sun (2014)The reward was the chance to play music all day long. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You simply have to play it the way it happens. Martin, April The Guide to Lesbian and Gay Parenting (1993)All credit to the way he plays and conducts himself. Times, Sunday Times (2009)All because of a performance in a play widely regarded as impossibly ungainly. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We arrived to find a guy singing some boring song as he played the piano. Frankie Dettori with Jonathan Powell FRANKIE: The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori (2004)The match is being played in one half so you have less space. Times, Sunday Times (2010)What are her record company playing at? The Sun (2008)We should not play the blame game. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We all have a part to play. The Sun (2013)Why bother to protest against provocative plays if the theatres will turn the lights off for you beforehand? Times, Sunday Times (2008)This plays with light and dark, quiet and loud to amazing effect. The Sun (2016)He was inspired by watching people play games on King. Times, Sunday Times (2009)His main task was to write and a house as impressive as New Place would have played an important part in the rhythm of his working life. Times, Sunday Times (2015)


Synonyms of 'play'

amuse yourself, have fun, frolic, sport
take part in, be involved in, engage in, participate in
compete against, challenge, take on, rival
perform, carry out, execute
perform on, strum, make music on
fool around, toy, fiddle, trifle
gambling, gaming

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Trends of 'play'

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Translations for 'play'

British English: play /pleɪ/ NOUN
A play is a piece of writing performed in a theatre, on the radio, or on television.
My uncle wrote a play about his father.
  • American English: play
  • Arabic: مَسْرَحِيَّة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: peça teatral
  • Chinese: 游戏
  • Croatian: drama
  • Czech: hra divadelní
  • Danish: skuespil
  • Dutch: toneelstuk
  • European Spanish: obra recreación
  • Finnish: näytelmä
  • French: pièce théâtre
  • German: Theaterstück
  • Greek: θεατρικό έργο
  • Italian: spettacolo teatrale
  • Japanese:
  • Korean: 연극
  • Norwegian: skuespill
  • Polish: gra sztuka
  • European Portuguese: peça teatral
  • Romanian: piesă de teatru
  • Russian: игра
  • Spanish: obra ejercicio recreativo
  • Swedish: pjäs
  • Thai: บทละคร
  • Turkish: oyun
  • Ukrainian: п'єса
  • Vietnamese: vở kịch
British English: play /pleɪ/ VERB
children When children play, they spend time using toys and taking part in games.
She was playing with her dolls.
  • American English: play in sports
  • Arabic: يَلْعَب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: brincar
  • Chinese: 进行比赛
  • Croatian: igrati se
  • Czech: hrát si děti
  • Danish: lege with toys
  • Dutch: spelen in sport
  • European Spanish: jugar recreación
  • Finnish: pelata
  • French: jouer sport
  • German: spielen Sport
  • Greek: παίζω άθλημα
  • Italian: giocare
  • Japanese: 競技を行う in sport
  • Korean: 놀다
  • Norwegian: spille
  • Polish: zagrać w sporcie
  • European Portuguese: brincar
  • Romanian: a se juca
  • Russian: играть
  • Spanish: jugar
  • Swedish: spela
  • Thai: เล่น
  • Turkish: oynamak
  • Ukrainian: гратися
  • Vietnamese: chơi
British English: play /pleɪ/ VERB
musical instrument If you play an instrument, you make music with it.
  • American English: play music
  • Arabic: يَعْزِف
  • Brazilian Portuguese: tocar
  • Chinese: 演奏
  • Croatian: svirati
  • Czech: hrát hudba
  • Danish: spille musik
  • Dutch: spelen muziek
  • European Spanish: tocar música
  • Finnish: soittaa musiikkia
  • French: jouer musique
  • German: spielen Musik
  • Greek: παίζω μουσική
  • Italian: suonare
  • Japanese: 演奏する music
  • Korean: 연주를 하다
  • Norwegian: spille
  • Polish: zagrać muzyka
  • European Portuguese: tocar
  • Romanian: a cântala un instrument
  • Russian: играть
  • Spanish: tocar hacer sonar un instrumento
  • Swedish: spela
  • Thai: เล่นดนตรี
  • Turkish: çalmak
  • Ukrainian: грати
  • Vietnamese: chơi


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