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- Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.
- A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue.
- A theatrical performance featuring actors.
- An individual's performance in a sport.
- A major move by a business.
- A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.
- An area of free movement for a part of a mechanism. such as the amount of slackness in a drive chain.
- No wonder the fanbelt is slipping: there’s too much play in it.
- Too much play in a steering wheel may be dangerous.
- (turn-based games) An action carried out when it is one's turn to play.
- : To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation.
- 2001, Annabelle Sabloff, Reordering the Natural World, Univ. of Toronto Press, p. 83,
- A youngster...listed some of the things his pet did not do: ...go on vacation, play in the same way that he did with his friends, and so on.
- 2003, Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont et al. (eds.), Joining Society: Social Interaction and Learning in Adolescence and Youth, Cambridge Univ. Press, p. 52,
- We had to play for an hour, so that meant that we didn't have time to play and joke around.
- To play a sport.
- He plays on three teams.
- Who's playing now?
- To produce music using a musical instrument.
- I've practiced the piano off and on, and I still can't play very well.
- To deal with a situation in a diplomatic manner.
- To act in a performance as the indicated role.
- He plays the King, and she's the Queen.
- To participate in the game indicated.
- play football, play sports, play games''
- To produce music on the indicated musical instrument.
- I'll play the piano and you sing.
- Can you play an instrument?
- To produce music, the indicated song or style, with a musical instrument.
- We especially like to play jazz together.
- Play a song for me.
- Do you know how to play Für Elise?
- My son thinks he can play music.
- To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording.
- You can play the DVD now.
- Contrary to fact, to give an appearance of being.
- 1985, Sharon S Brehm, Intimate Relationships
- Playing hard to get is not the same as slamming the door in someone's face.
- 1996, Michael P Mal one, James J Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest
- Now, surveying his final link, he had the nice advantage of being able to play coy with established port cities that desperately wanted his proven railroad.
- 2003, John U. Ogbu, Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb: A Study of Academic Disengagement, page 194
- Instead, they played dumb, remained silent, and did their classwork.
- In a game or game-like setting, to maintain a posture of being.
- They played long and hard.
- Play nice, children.