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Definition of PLAY

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Play \Play\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Played}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Playing}.] [OE. pleien, AS. plegian, plegan, to play, akin to plega play, game, quick motion, and probably to OS. plegan to promise, pledge, D. plegen to care for, attend to, be wont, G. pflegen; of unknown origin. [root]28. Cf. {Plight}, n.]
     1. To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot. [1913 Webster]

              As Cannace was playing in her walk.   --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day, Had he thy reason, would he skip and play! --Pope. [1913 Webster]

              And some, the darlings of their Lord, Play smiling with the flame and sword. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

     2. To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless. [1913 Webster]

              "Nay," quod this monk, "I have no lust to pleye."
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Men are apt to play with their healths. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

     3. To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes. [1913 Webster]

     4. To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute. [1913 Webster]

              One that . . . can play well on an instrument.
                                                    --Ezek. xxxiii. 32. [1913 Webster]

              Play, my friend, and charm the charmer. --Granville. [1913 Webster]

     5. To act; to behave; to practice deception.
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              His mother played false with a smith. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     6. To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain plays. [1913 Webster]

              The heart beats, the blood circulates, the lungs play.                                 --Cheyne. [1913 Webster]

     7. To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.
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              Even as the waving sedges play with wind. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The setting sun
              Plays on their shining arms and burnished helmets.
                                                    --Addison. [1913 Webster]

              All fame is foreign but of true desert, Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart.
                                                    --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     8. To act on the stage; to personate a character. [1913 Webster]

              A lord will hear your play to-night.  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Courts are theaters where some men play. --Donne. [1913 Webster]

     {To play into a person's hands}, to act, or to manage matters, to his advantage or benefit.

     {To play off}, to affect; to feign; to practice artifice.

     {To play upon}.
        (a) To make sport of; to deceive.
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                  Art thou alive?
                  Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster] (b) To use in a droll manner; to give a droll expression or application to; as, to play upon words. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Play \Play\, v. t.
     1. To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump. [1913 Webster]

              First Peace and Silence all disputes control, Then Order plays the soul.            --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

     2. To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ. [1913 Webster]

     3. To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin. [1913 Webster]

     4. To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play tricks. [1913 Webster]

              Nature here
              Wantoned as in her prime, and played at will Her virgin fancies.                   --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     5. 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. [1913 Webster]

              Thou canst play the rational if thou wilt. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     6. 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. [1913 Webster]

     7. To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it. [1913 Webster]

     {To play hob}, to play the part of a mischievous spirit; to work mischief.

     {To play off}, to display; to show; to put in exercise; as, to play off tricks.

     {To play one's cards}, to manage one's means or opportunities; to contrive.

     {Played out}, tired out; exhausted; at the end of one's resources. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Play \Play\, n.
     1. Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.
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     2. Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game. [1913 Webster]

              John naturally loved rough play.      --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

     3. 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. [1913 Webster]

     4. Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit. "The next who comes in play." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     5. A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action. [1913 Webster]

              A play ought to be a just image of human nature.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     6. The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play. [1913 Webster]

     7. Performance on an instrument of music.
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     8. Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action. "To give them play, front and rear."
        --Milton.
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              The joints are let exactly into one another, that they have no play between them.       --Moxon. [1913 Webster]

     9. Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth. [1913 Webster]

     {Play actor}, an actor of dramas. --Prynne.

     {Play debt}, a gambling debt. --Arbuthnot.

     {Play pleasure}, idle amusement. [Obs.] --Bacon.

     {A play upon words}, the use of a word in such a way as to be capable of double meaning; punning.

     {Play of colors}, prismatic variation of colors.

     {To bring into play}, {To come into play}, to bring or come into use or exercise.

     {To hold in play}, to keep occupied or employed. [1913 Webster]

              I, with two more to help me,
              Will hold the foe in play.            --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

706 Moby Thesaurus words for "play":
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