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Definition of "play" []

  • To occupy oneself in amusement, sport, or other recreation: children playing with toys. (verb-intransitive)
  • To take part in a game: No minors are eligible to play. (verb-intransitive)
  • To participate in betting; gamble. (verb-intransitive)
  • To act in jest or sport: They're not arguing in earnest, they're just playing. (verb-intransitive)
  • To deal or behave carelessly or indifferently; toy. See Synonyms at flirt. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "play" in a sentence
  • "A retreat from complexity isn't a sign of stupidity, sheeple-hood or lack of an e-peen: honestly, it's perhaps the core pleasure of play, a notion lost to some professionals and scholars who have managed to leach the *play* out of what they do."
  • "We're getting together tonight to chat about what's next, and to play: with both last night and last week being less than productive musically, we want to *play*."
  • "It is by no means my intention to suggest that great writing is not desirable in the drama; but the point must be emphasised that it is not a necessary element in the immediate merit of a play _as a play_."