Definition for play

noun as in theater piece

noun as in amusement, entertainment

noun as in latitude, range

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verb as in compete in sport

verb as in act; take the part of

verb as in gamble, risk

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game, put, set, take

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lay money on

verb as in produce music

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perform, work

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Example Sentences

You can say this verbatim because it doesn’t put his chef-feelings in play.

Also working in the Capitals’ favor has been an unexpected week off — the result of three games postponed because of coronavirus issues — after less than a month of play.

There is at least some indication that Williams might also be struggling with her very next stroke following a return hit in play.

So far during Big Ten play, 17 men’s basketball games have been postponed.

He believed his front seven could stop running plays even with the safeties backed up.

Have there been discussions with FX regarding an Archer movie, and how do you think that would play out?

Father Joel Román Salazar died in a car crash in 2013; his death was ruled an accident, but the suspicion of foul play persists.

He plays an aging punk rocker and I play the drummer from his old band.

When fathers hold and play with their children, oxytocin and prolactin kick in, priming them for bonding.

Ironically, the play deals with the ‘management’ of information by the Establishment.

I assure you, no matter how beautifully we play any piece, the minute Liszt plays it, you would scarcely recognize it!

But I hope at least to play to him a few times, and what is more important, to hear him play repeatedly.

To fill up the time till Liszt came, our hostess made us play, one after the other, beginning with the latest arrival.

Again the sallow fingers began to play with the book-covers, passing from one to another, but always slowly and gently.

Her attachment to impressionism leads this artist to many experiments in color—or, as one critic wrote, "to play with color."


On this page you'll find 400 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to play, such as: comedy, drama, hit, musical, opera, and performance.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.