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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

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George Osborne made great play of the "fairness" of it all.
4 billion dollars, had made great play of how it encourages people to come together.
And he has made great play of his willingness to listen to voters, announcing a series of Citizens' Juries and a Speaker's Conference to provide a forum for ordinary people's views to inform government decisions.
It's a styling ploy used on Italian supercars and the Vauxhall design team has made great play on the theme to good effect.
Campbell made great play about what a fine journalist he had once been.
I was a bit worried I might end up in a pizza advert,' joked Kay, who made great play of grabbing a ball and diving over the line in the correct manner on England's lap of honour.
Flynn has made great play of youth holding the key to the Swans' future and he sees his youngster from the Rhondda as a key figure in that strategy.
Sir Mark was at his amusing best on the Morning Line two weeks ago when, egged on shamelessly by the whiskery one, he made great play of the fact that my training account is still in the red from a couple of years ago and, while not holding his breath, wondered aloud as to whether some funds might soon be forthcoming.
Di Vaio has made great play of the Premier League's riches, suggesting the Black Cats could effectively afford to gift Bologna a cutprice player to make the deal happen.
Pat said: "Both Mike Russell and Alex Salmond made great play of the fact there would be no compulsory redundancies among public sector workers.
A few months ago, Tucker made great play of the fact that half a dozen social workers Victim: Khyra Ishaq.
The four have made great play about how the proposal to pay council NEC directors was nothing to do with them and how they took no part in making the decision.
Mr Russell has made great play about my not having knowledge of, or anything to do with Glamorgan's 'corporate governance'.
Subaru big-wigs from Japan made great play about the development of the world's first passenger car diesel boxer engine - an oil-burning version of the unique flat-four motor that they have persevered with for more than 40 years.
Cameron has made great play of his character, how he is supposedly open and straightforward.