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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Play \Play\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Played}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Playing}.] [OE. pleien, AS. plegian, plegan, to play, akin to plega play, game, quick motion, and probably to OS. plegan to promise, pledge, D. plegen to care for, attend to, be wont, G. pflegen; of unknown origin. [root]28. Cf. {Plight}, n.]

1. To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot.

As Cannace was playing in her walk. --Chaucer.

The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day, Had he thy reason, would he skip and play! --Pope.

And some, the darlings of their Lord, Play smiling with the flame and sword. --Keble.

2. To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.

"Nay," quod this monk, "I have no lust to pleye." --Chaucer.

Men are apt to play with their healths. --Sir W. Temple.

3. To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes.

4. To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute.

One that . . . can play well on an instrument. --Ezek. xxxiii. 32.

Play, my friend, and charm the charmer. --Granville.

5. To act; to behave; to practice deception.

His mother played false with a smith. --Shak.

6. To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain plays.

The heart beats, the blood circulates, the lungs play. --Cheyne.

7. To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.

Even as the waving sedges play with wind. --Shak.

The setting sun Plays on their shining arms and burnished helmets. --Addison.

All fame is foreign but of true desert, Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart. --Pope.

8. To act on the stage; to personate a character.

A lord will hear your play to-night. --Shak.

Courts are theaters where some men play. --Donne.

{To play into a person's hands}, to act, or to manage matters, to his advantage or benefit.

{To play off}, to affect; to feign; to practice artifice.

{To play upon}. (a) To make sport of; to deceive.

Art thou alive? Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight. --Shak. (b) To use in a droll manner; to give a droll expression or application to; as, to play upon words.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Play \Play\, noun

1. Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.

2. Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game.

John naturally loved rough play. --Arbuthnot.

3. The act or practice of contending for victory, amusement, or a prize, as at dice, cards, or billiards; gaming; as, to lose a fortune in play.

4. Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit. "The next who comes in play." --Dryden.

5. A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action.

A play ought to be a just image of human nature. --Dryden.

6. The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play.

7. Performance on an instrument of music.

8. Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action. "To give them play, front and rear." --Milton.

The joints are let exactly into one another, that they have no play between them. --Moxon.

9. Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth.

{Play actor}, an actor of dramas. --Prynne.

{Play debt}, a gambling debt. --Arbuthnot.

{Play pleasure}, idle amusement. [Obs.] --Bacon.

{A play upon words}, the use of a word in such a way as to be capable of double meaning; punning.

{Play of colors}, prismatic variation of colors.

{To bring into play}, {To come into play}, to bring or come into use or exercise.

{To hold in play}, to keep occupied or employed.

I, with two more to help me, Will hold the foe in play. --Macaulay.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Play \Play\, verb (used with an object)

1. To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump.

First Peace and Silence all disputes control, Then Order plays the soul. --Herbert.

2. To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.

3. To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin.

4. To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play tricks.

Nature here Wantoned as in her prime, and played at will Her virgin fancies. --Milton.

5. To act or perform (a play); to represent in music action; as, to play a comedy; also, to act in the character of; to represent by acting; to simulate; to behave like; as, to play King Lear; to play the woman.

Thou canst play the rational if thou wilt. --Sir W. Scott.

6. To engage in, or go together with, as a contest for amusement or for a wager or prize; as, to play a game at baseball.

7. To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.

{To play hob}, to play the part of a mischievous spirit; to work mischief.

{To play off}, to display; to show; to put in exercise; as, to play off tricks.

{To play one's cards}, to manage one's means or opportunities; to contrive.

{Played out}, tired out; exhausted; at the end of one's resources. [Colloq.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

play

noun

1: a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway" [syn: {play}, {drama}, {dramatic play}]

2: a theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours"

3: a preset plan of action in team sports; "the coach drew up the plays for her team"

4: a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; "he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop" [syn: {maneuver}, {manoeuvre}, {play}]

5: a state in which action is feasible; "the ball was still in play"; "insiders said the company's stock was in play"

6: utilization or exercise; "the play of the imagination"

7: an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention" [syn: {bid}, {play}]

8: activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child" [syn: {play}, {child's play}]

9: (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; "rain stopped play in the 4th inning" [syn: {playing period}, {period of play}, {play}]

10: the removal of constraints; "he gave free rein to his impulses"; "they gave full play to the artist's talent" [syn: {free rein}, {play}]

11: a weak and tremulous light; "the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers"; "the play of light on the water" [syn: {shimmer}, {play}]

12: verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport" [syn: {fun}, {play}, {sport}]

13: movement or space for movement; "there was too much play in the steering wheel" [syn: {looseness}, {play}] [ant: {tautness}, {tightness}]

14: gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly" [syn: {play}, {frolic}, {romp}, {gambol}, {caper}]

15: (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play" [syn: {turn}, {play}]

16: the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); "his gambling cost him a fortune"; "there was heavy play at the blackjack table" [syn: {gambling}, {gaming}, {play}]

17: the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully [syn: {play}, {swordplay}]

verb

1: participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"

2: act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome; "This factor played only a minor part in his decision"; "This development played into her hands"; "I played no role in your dismissal"

3: play on an instrument; "The band played all night long"

4: play a role or part; "Gielgud 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" [syn: {act}, {play}, {represent}]

5: be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children; "The kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"

6: replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully" [syn: {play}, {spiel}]

7: perform music on (a musical instrument); "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?"

8: pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad" [syn: {act}, {play}, {act as}]

9: move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; "The spotlights played on the politicians"

10: bet or wager (money); "He played $20 on the new horse"; "She plays the races"

11: engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion; "On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike" [syn: {play}, {recreate}]

12: pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; "Let's play like I am mommy"; "Play cowboy and Indians"

13: emit recorded sound; "The tape was playing for hours"; "the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered"

14: perform on a certain location; "The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16"; "She has been playing on Broadway for years"

15: put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game; "He is playing his cards close to his chest"; "The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory"

16: engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously; "They played games on their opponents"; "play the stock market"; "play with her feelings"; "toy with an idea" [syn: {play}, {toy}]

17: behave in a certain way; "play safe"; "play it safe"; "play fair"

18: cause to emit recorded audio or video; "They ran the tapes over and over again"; "I'll play you my favorite record"; "He never tires of playing that video" [syn: {play}, {run}]

19: manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; "She played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate" [syn: {toy}, {fiddle}, {diddle}, {play}]

20: use to one's advantage; "She plays on her clients' emotions"

21: consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania" [syn: {dally}, {trifle}, {play}]

22: be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way; "This speech didn't play well with the American public"; "His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee"

23: behave carelessly or indifferently; "Play about with a young girl's affection" [syn: {dally}, {toy}, {play}, {flirt}]

24: cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space; "The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack"

25: perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in 'Julius Caesar'"; "I played in 'A Christmas Carol'" [syn: {act}, {play}, {roleplay}, {playact}]

26: be performed or presented for public viewing; "What's playing in the local movie theater?"; "'Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years"

27: cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; "I cannot work a miracle"; "wreak havoc"; "bring comments"; "play a joke"; "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area" [syn: {bring}, {work}, {play}, {wreak}, {make for}]

28: discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; "play water from a hose"; "The fountains played all day"

29: make bets; "Play the races"; "play the casinos in Trouville"

30: stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse" [syn: {bet}, {wager}, {play}]

31: shoot or hit in a particular manner; "She played a good backhand last night"

32: use or move; "I had to play my queen"

33: employ in a game or in a specific position; "They played him on first base"

34: contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; "Princeton plays Yale this weekend"; "Charlie likes to play Mary" [syn: {meet}, {encounter}, {play}, {take on}]

35: exhaust by allowing to pull on the line; "play a hooked fish"


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