play (n):the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully play (n):(game) the activity of doing something in an agreed successionSamplesit is my turn.
it is still my play
play (n):the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)Sampleshis gambling cost him a fortune.
there was heavy play at the blackjack table
play (n):activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rulesSamplesFreud believed in the utility of play to a small child play (n):gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusementSamplesit was all done in play.
their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly
play (n):a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skillSampleshe made a great maneuver.
the runner was out on a play by the shortstop
play (n):a preset plan of action in team sportsSamplesthe coach drew up the plays for her team play (n):an attempt to get somethingSamplesthey made a futile play for power.
he made a bid to gain attention
play (n):utilization or exerciseSamplesthe play of the imagination play (n):movement or space for movementSamplesthere was too much play in the steering wheel play (n):verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)Sampleshe became a figure of fun.
he said it in sport
play (n):a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stageSampleshe wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway play (n):a theatrical performance of a dramaSamplesthe play lasted two hours play (n):a weak and tremulous lightSamplesthe shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers.
the play of light on the water
play (n):the removal of constraintsSampleshe gave free rein to his impulses.
they gave full play to the artist's talent
play (n):a state in which action is feasibleSamplesthe ball was still in play.
insiders said the company's stock was in play
play (n):(in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceedsSamplesrain stopped play in the 4th inning play (v):engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriouslySamplesThey played games on their opponents.
play the stock market.
play with her feelings.
toy with an idea
play (v):pretend to have certain qualities or state of mindSamplesHe acted the idiot.
She plays deaf when the news are bad
play (v):exhaust by allowing to pull on the lineSamplesplay a hooked fish play (v):discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous streamSamplesplay water from a hose.
The fountains played all day
play (v):consider not very seriouslySamplesHe is trifling with her.
She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania
play (v):participate in games or sportSamplesWe played hockey all afternoon.
Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches
play (v):contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battleSamplesPrinceton plays Yale this weekend.
Charlie likes to play Mary
play (v):employ in a game or in a specific positionSamplesThey played him on first base play (v):use or moveSamplesI had to play my queen play (v):shoot or hit in a particular mannerSamplesShe played a good backhand last night play (v):bet or wager (money)SamplesHe played $20 on the new horse.
She plays the races
play (v):put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card gameSamplesHe is playing his cards close to his chest.
The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory
play (v):stake on the outcome of an issueSamplesI bet $100 on that new horse.
She played all her money on the dark horse
play (v):make betsSamplesPlay the races.
play the casinos in Trouville
play (v):use to one's advantageSamplesShe plays on her clients' emotions play (v):manipulate manually or in one's mind or imaginationSamplesShe played nervously with her wedding ring.
Don't fiddle with the screws.
He played with the idea of running for the Senate
play (v):cause to happen or to occur as a consequenceSamplesI cannot work a miracle.
play a joke.
The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area
play (v):perform on a certain locationSamplesThe prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16.
She has been playing on Broadway for years
play (v):be performed or presented for public viewingSamplesWhat's playing in the local movie theater?
`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years
play (v):cause to emit recorded audio or videoSamplesThey ran the tapes over and over again.
I'll play you my favorite record.
He never tires of playing that video
play (v):emit recorded soundSamplesThe tape was playing for hours.
the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered
play (v):play a role or partSamplesGielgud played Hamlet.
She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role.
She played the servant to her husband's master
play (v):perform on a stage or theaterSamplesShe acts in this play.
He acted in `Julius Caesar'.
I played in `A Christmas Carol'
play (v):pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activitySamplesLet's play like I am mommy.
Play cowboy and Indians
play (v):replay (as a melody)SamplesPlay it again, Sam.
She played the third movement very beautifully
play (v):play on an instrumentSamplesThe band played all night long play (v):perform music on (a musical instrument)SamplesHe plays the flute.
Can you play on this old recorder?
play (v):move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularlySamplesThe spotlights played on the politicians play (v):cause to move or operate freely within a bounded spaceSamplesThe engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack play (v):act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcomeSamplesThis factor played only a minor part in his decision.
This development played into her hands.
I played no role in your dismissal
play (v):engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversionSamplesOn weekends I play.
The students all recreate alike
play (v):be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of childrenSamplesThe kids were playing outside all day.
I used to play with trucks as a little girl
play (v):behave carelessly or indifferentlySamplesPlay about with a young girl's affection play (v):behave in a certain waySamplesplay safe.
play it safe.
play (v):be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific waySamplesThis speech didn't play well with the American public.
His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee
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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (1048-1131)
He who will steal an egg will steal an ox
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A person who steals small things is likely to steal big things too