play


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Synonyms for play

amuse yourself

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take part in

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  • take part in
  • be involved in
  • engage in
  • participate in
  • compete in
  • be in a team for

compete against

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hit

act

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perform on

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  • perform on
  • strum
  • make music on

drama

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movement

in play

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  • in or for fun
  • for sport
  • for a joke
  • for a lark
  • as a prank
  • for a jest

play around: fool around

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play around: philander

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play at something

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  • pretend to be
  • pose as
  • impersonate
  • make like
  • profess to be
  • assume the role of
  • give the appearance of
  • masquerade as
  • pass yourself off as

play ball

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play on or upon something

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play something up

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play up: hurt

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  • hurt
  • be painful
  • bother you
  • trouble you
  • be sore
  • pain you
  • give you trouble
  • give you gyp

play up: malfunction

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play up: be awkward

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  • be awkward
  • misbehave
  • give trouble
  • be disobedient
  • give someone grief
  • be stroppy
  • be bolshie

play up to someone

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play with something

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Synonyms for play

to occupy oneself with amusement or diversion

to move one's fingers or hands in a nervous or aimless fashion

to make a bet

to treat lightly or flippantly

to make music

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to perform according to one's artistic conception

to be performed

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to control to one's own advantage by artful or indirect means

to cause to undergo or bear (something unwelcome or damaging, for example)

play along: to agree to cooperate or participate

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play around: to be sexually unfaithful to another

play down: to make less emphatic or obvious

play off: to place in opposition or be in opposition to

play out: to cause (a line) to become longer and less taut

play out: to make or become no longer active or productive

activity engaged in for relaxation and amusement

actions taken as a joke

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suitable opportunity to accept or allow something

ease of or space for movement

Synonyms for play

a theatrical performance of a drama

a state in which action is feasible

utilization or exercise

an attempt to get something

activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules

the removal of constraints

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a weak and tremulous light

verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)

movement or space for movement

(game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)

the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully

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act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome

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perform music on (a musical instrument)

pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly

bet or wager (money)

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engage in recreational activities rather than work

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pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity

emit recorded sound

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perform on a certain location

put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game

engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously

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behave in a certain way

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cause to emit recorded audio or video

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manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination

use to one's advantage

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consider not very seriously

behave carelessly or indifferently

cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space

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be performed or presented for public viewing

cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream

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make bets

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stake on the outcome of an issue

shoot or hit in a particular manner

employ in a game or in a specific position

contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

exhaust by allowing to pull on the line

References in classic literature ?
It could make no difference in the play, and as for Cottager himself, when he has got his wife's speeches, I would undertake him with all my heart.
At last, when ascending to my own room, I succeeded in handing Polina her winnings, and told her that, next time, I should not play for her.
You, dear reader, play an accurate, scientific game and beat your opponent with ease every time you go the links, and so do I; but Archibald was not like us.
And the child smiled on the Giant, and said to him, "You let me play once in your garden, to-day you shall come with me to my garden, which is Paradise.
Those who direct the play do not necessarily take part in it," continued the slave girl, "but sit in those two great thrones which you see at either end of the board and direct their pieces from square to square.
A prosperous, successful business man without great ambition, was Daylight's estimate of him--a man too easily satisfied with the small stakes of the game ever to launch out in big play.
He made believe to play, and uttered simulated growls that failed of the verity of simulation.
He became absorbed in trying out the idea, and even borrowed a circus rider whose act was to play the violin while standing on the back of a galloping horse and to throw somersaults on such precarious platform while still playing the violin.
And when the play was over the graveyard was a sorry sight with trodden grass and broken headstones.
Sometimes, in the later period, altogether original and very realistic scenes from actual English life were added, like the very clever but very coarse parody on the Nativity play in the 'Towneley' cycle.
The play continued for a few minutes, and then suddenly, without any warning, Harlequin stopped talking.
I have heard of a dramatic writer who used to say, he would rather write a play than a prologue; in like manner, I think, I can with less pains write one of the books of this history than the prefatory chapter to each of them.
You just will see a match; and Brooke's going to let me play in quarters.
I suppose, though, it--it'll be a little harder now, as long as I haven't anybody to play it with.
There is the Trophonius' cave in which, by some artifice, the leaden Tritons are made not only to spout water, but to play the most dreadful groans out of their lead conchs--there is the nymphbath and the Niagara cataract, which the people of the neighbourhood admire beyond expression, when they come to the yearly fair at the opening of the Chamber, or to the fetes with which the happy little nation still celebrates the birthdays and marriage-days of its princely governors.