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Part of speech: Noun

Any exercise or occupation for amusement; diversion; pastime; freedom or room to act; as, to give one’ s arm full play in throwing a ball; rapid and energetic action or motion; exercise of mental powers; as, a play of wit or fancy; a drama, as a tragedy, comedy, etc.; gambling; as, to lose money at play; one’ s turn to move a piece, lay down a card, etc., in a game; fun; jest; as, she did it in play; manner of dealing; as, fair play.

Part of speech: Verb

To engage in ( some pastime) for amusement; as, to play ball; to make believe; as, to play school; perform; as, to play a waltz on a piano; to perform music on; as, to play the violin; to act in the character of; as, to play Hamlet.

Part of speech: Past tense


Part of speech: Past participle


Part of speech: Participle

To move back and forth; as, wind, fire, or lightning, plays; to sport or frolic; to gamble; to perform on a musical instrument; to act on the stage.

Usage examples "play":
  • You play, don't you, Clairval?" - "Monsieur Cherami", Charles Paul de Kock.
  • The play took very much. - "Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright", Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke.
  • Each one has his own part to play, and has no need to change it. - "Musicians of To-Day", Romain Rolland Commentator: Claude Landi.