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[ pley ]SEE DEFINITION OF play

Synonyms for play

  • comedy
  • drama
  • hit
  • musical
  • opera
  • performance
  • show
  • entertainment
  • farce
  • flop
  • mask
  • potboiler
  • smash
  • theatrical
  • tragedy
  • turkey
  • curtain-raiser
  • one-act
  • smash hit
  • stage show
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Antonyms for play

  • failure
  • success
  • extreme
  • work
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLAY

To play upon the silver-voiced flute is Theban-like and vulgar.

I'd play that fur the heftiest moral courage I've ever showed, anyway.

Or, you goin' to get her a stack of every colour and let her play with you?

He stood in deep shadow and the girl had been too absorbed in the play to note his coming.

He cries a minute, then forgets all about it, and grabs up something else to play with.

Their work seemed like play, while the play around them seemed like work.

Of course, we all like to play with fire, but I always put it out before it can spread.

Small boys and girls, returning from school, were beginning to play.

And there is another area where the Federal Government can play a part.

By this engine, whose springs I am continually oiling, I play them all off.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English plegan, plegian "move rapidly, occupy or busy oneself, exercise; frolic; make sport of, mock; perform music," from West Germanic *plegan "occupy oneself about" (cf. Old Saxon plegan "vouch for, take charge of," Old Frisian plega "tend to," Middle Dutch pleyen "to rejoice, be glad," German pflegen "take care of, cultivate"), from PIE root *dlegh- "to engage oneself," forming words in Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, and possibly Latin.

Meaning "to take part in a game" is from c.1200. Opposed to work (v.) since late 14c. Related: Played; playing. To play up "emphasize" is from 1909; to play down "minimize" is from 1930; to play along "cooperate" is from 1929. To play with oneself "masturbate" is from 1896; play for keeps is from 1861, originally of marbles or other children's games with tokens. To play second fiddle in the figurative sense is from 1809 ("Gil Blas"). To play into the hands (of someone) is from 1705. To play the _______ card is attested from 1886; to play fair is from mid-15c. To play (something) safe is from 1911; to play favorites is attested from 1902. For play the field see field (n.).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PLAY

act

verbentertain by playing a role
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