played, past participle; playing, present participle; played, past tense; plays, 3rd person singular present;
Engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose
the children were playing outside
her friends were playing with their dolls
Engage in (a game or activity) for enjoyment
I want to play Monopoly
Amuse oneself by engaging in imaginative pretense
the boys were playing cops and robbers
Engage in without proper seriousness or understanding
stars who play at being ordinary
Treat inconsiderately for one's own amusement
she likes to play with people's emotions
Handle without skill so as to damage or prevent from working
has somebody been playing with the thermostat?
Take part in (a sport) on a regular basis
I play softball and tennis
Participate in (an athletic match or contest)
the Red Sox will play two games on Wednesday
Compete against (another player or team) in an athletic match or contest
the team will play France on Wednesday
he needs financial backing, but the bank won't play
Be part of a team, esp. in a specified position, in a game
he played shortstop
Strike (a ball) or execute (a stroke) in a game
Assign to take part in an athletic contest, esp. in a specified position
the manager will want to play the right-handed Curtis
Move (a piece) or display (a playing card) in one's turn in a game
he played his queen
Bet or gamble at or on
he didn't play the ponies
Represent (a character) in a theatrical performance or on film
she played Ophelia
Perform in a theatrical production or on film
he was proud to be playing opposite a famous actor
Put on or take part in (a theatrical performance or concert)
the show was one of the best we ever played
Give a dramatic performance at (a particular theater or place)
Behave as though one were (a specified type of person)
the skipper played the innocent, but smuggled goods were found on his vessel
Treat someone as being of (a specified type)
don't imagine you can play me for a fool
Behave in a deceptive or teasing way toward
Perform on (a musical instrument)
we heard someone playing a harmonica
a pianist who will play for us
Possess the skill of performing upon (a musical instrument)
he taught himself to play the violin
Produce (notes) from a musical instrument; perform (a piece of music)
they played a violin sonata
Make (an audiotape, CD, radio, etc.) produce sounds
(of a musical instrument, audiotape, CD, radio, etc.) Produce sounds
somewhere within, a harp was playing
Accompany (someone) with music as they are moving in a specified direction
the bagpipes played them out of the dining room
Move lightly and quickly, so as to appear and disappear; flicker
a smile played about her lips
(of a fountain or similar source of water) Emit a stream of gently moving water
Allow (a fish) to exhaust itself pulling against a line before reeling it in
Activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation, esp. by children
a child at play may use a stick as an airplane
Behavior or speech that is not intended seriously
I flinched, but only in play
Designed to be used in games of pretense; not real
play families are arranged in play houses
The conducting of an athletic match or contest
rain interrupted the second day's play
The action or manner of engaging in a sport or game
he maintained the same rhythm of play throughout the game
The status of the ball in a game as being available to be played according to the rules
the ball was put in play
The state of being active, operative, or effective
luck comes into play
A move or maneuver in a sport or game
the best play is to lead the 3 of clubs
A dramatic work for the stage or to be broadcast
the actors put on a new play
The space in or through which a mechanism can or does move
the steering rack was loose, and there was a little play
Scope or freedom to act or operate
our policy allows the market to have freer play
Light and constantly changing movement
the artist exploits the play of light across the surface
a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
a theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours"
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"
a preset plan of action in team sports; "the coach drew up the plays for her team"
play on an instrument; "The band played all night long"
PLAY! A Video Game Symphony is a concert series that features music from video games performed by a live orchestra. The concerts from 2006 to 2010 were conducted by Arnie Roth. From 2010, Andy Brick took the position of principal conductor and music director.
Play refers to a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated activities that are normally associated with pleasure and enjoyment. Play may consist of amusing, pretend or imaginary interpersonal and intrapersonal interactions or "interplay". ...
In ethology, play is an important part of learning in many animals, though it is generally only seen in those species possessing highly complex nervous systems such as mammals and birds.
"Play" is the term given to taking part in a BDSM scene. It is a deliberate use of the word's ambiguous meaning - suggesting both a Play in the literary sense (taking in the roleplay aspect) and Play in the child-like sense (taking in the experimentation, gleefullness and wonder aspects). ...
Play, also known as Play: The Guitar Album, is the sixth studio album by American country music artist Brad Paisley. It was released on November 4, 2008 (see 2008 in country music). Like all of his previous albums, Play was released on Arista Nashville and produced by Frank Rogers. ...
"Play" is the second single released by rapper David Banner from his fourth studio album Certified. It was produced by Mr. Collipark.
Activity for amusement only, especially among the young; The conduct, or course of a game; An individual's performance in a sport or game; (turn-based games) An action carried out when it is one's turn to play; A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the ...
(playing) An occasion on which something, such as a song or show, is played
(Played) (adj./adv.) Deriving from the term, “played out”, it refers to something that has either become overused or has lost its social worth. Ex. You won’t find the term “dawg” in here because it’s played.
(Players) An option in the game room which decides the amount of people that room may contain.
(Players) Law 3; teams consist of not more than eleven players; a match may not start or continue with a team of few than seven players.
(Players) Men who did all the non-U stuff, like bowling, while their social betters concentrated on batting and trimming their moustaches.
(Players) The members of the team physically participating in a game. Except where special rules apply to him, the goaltender is to be considered a player.
(Players) are programs that allow users to run multimedia applications on their computers
(Playing) The increasing emergence of games as a mode of education leads to the inclusion of this term in the list. Students who successfully play or operate a game are showing understanding of process and task and application of skills.
(PLAYING) Enjoying running a particular set of rapids several times.
(Playing) An Live RP with my favorite pairing
(Playing) fighting the fish to tire the fish so that it can be landed
(Playing) using pressure against the fish (drag) to prevent it getting to an underwater hold and to tire it ready for the net. This is an art and you will learn how to do it being mindful of the breaking strain of your line.