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Engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation
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“They felt at peace watching their children play contentedly together.”
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(sports) To compete against
“Fans are excited at the prospect of seeing Roger play Rafael again in the final of the Grand Slam.”
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To participate in a game
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“My nephew always wants to play Uno with us.”
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To act or perform a portrayal of
“In his latest role, Oscar would play an impulsive, trigger-happy flyboy who did not impress his admiral.”
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To gamble
“Warren is a skillful investor who knows how to play the market.”
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To deal with (something), usually effectively
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“We really need to figure out how to play this delicate situation.”
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(colloquial) To deceive someone
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“I think the cab driver just played us. The fare was too expensive!”
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(based on instrument used) To produce music
“Nelson was a very talented musician who could play several instruments.”
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(based on the game being played) To strike a ball as part of a game
Play the ball strategically.”
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To move lightly and quickly, so as to appear and disappear
“A small smile played across his lips as their eyes met.”
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Put on a public performance
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To convince or manipulate
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To make a sound, usually with an instrument
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Touch or fidget with something in a restless or nervous way
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(engage in) To participate or become involved in
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To send out (a team or individual) to play in a game
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To fiddle with something in an attempt to fix, mend or improve it, especially in an experimental or unskilled manner
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(masquerade as) To pretend to be someone one is not
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To strike repeatedly at or on a musical instrument
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Make a show of
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Let yourself go
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To solicit money by entertaining the public in the street or in public transport
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Relax after a period of work or tension
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To tease, typically in a good-natured way
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To play video games
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To move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way
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To obtain, arrange, or achieve by indirect, complicated or intensive efforts
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To drop or throw something heavily onto or into something else, so that it makes a dull sound
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To omit a sound or a letter from a word
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(trip someone up) To detect or expose someone in a mistake or inconsistency
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Drink alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way
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To conduct oneself in a particular way
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Catch hold of and pull quickly
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Walk with bare feet in shallow water
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To make use of
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Equip (something) with measuring instruments
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To confront, or come up against, a given situation
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Activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation, especially by children
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“Play areas, and the equipment in them, should be developed to encourage adventurous play.”
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A dramatic work for the stage or to be broadcast
“This tightly-crafted play lives up to the writer's reputation for delivering unexpected twists.”
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The state of being active, operative, or effective
“This is when significant campaigning by influential people begins to come into play.”
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A clever, often underhanded, means to achieve an end
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“We need to come up with a clever play to close the sale.”
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The space in or through which a mechanism can or does move
“Since then, there's been a lot of play in the steering.”
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The scope or freedom to act or operate
“It also recognizes the fact that the full play of markets may create problems for society.”
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(as in a rule, policy, or law) The state of being operative or enforceable
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Something done or said to amuse people
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A public entertainment consisting of a procession of people in elaborate, colourful costumes, or an outdoor performance of a historical scene
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An allowable amount of variation of a specified quantity, especially in the dimensions of a machine or part
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An amorous proposition
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Scope of operation
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A creative literary work
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A player's turn to change the position of a piece in a board game
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A presentation or item on television or radio, especially one broadcast regularly between stated times
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A short comic performance
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A lack of seriousness, especially in the context of fun or entertainment
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The industry or activity of acting or stage performance
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The capacity to bend or stretch under pressure
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A job or profession
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The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks
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An act of betting a sum of money
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An instance of buying or selling something
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The edge or border of something
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An event or situation that is absurd or disorganized
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The state of being possible
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A dispute or conflict between opposing groups or individuals
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A written work
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The written text of a play, film, or broadcast
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A chance for progress or profit
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