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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 ?
The movable stages were, of course, not very large, so sometimes more than one was needed for a play. At other times the players overflowed, as it were, into the audience.
The pageants were on wheels, and as soon as a play was over at the first appointed place, the stage was dragged by men to the next place and the play again began.
The list of plays thus presented commonly included: The Fall of Lucifer; the Creation of the World and the Fall of Adam; Noah and the Flood; Abraham and Isaac and the promise of Christ's coming; a Procession of the Prophets, also foretelling Christ; the main events of the Gospel story, with some additions from Christian tradition; and the Day of Judgment.
'Mr.' also comes.] In many places, however, detached plays, or groups of plays smaller than the full cycles, continued to be presented at one season or another.
The thought that I was not going to play for myself quite unnerved me.
Again, another reminded her of children at play, and still another of nothing on earth but a demure lady stroking a cat.
He merely did not elect to choose them for partners in the big game in which he intended to play. What that big game was, even he did not know.
"We've played it always, ever since I was a little, little girl.
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 the second note the hangman let his prisoner go, and danced also, and by the time he had played the first bar of the tune, all were dancing together--judge, court, and miser, and all the people who had followed to look on.
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."
As a very young child he could repeat, after a fashion, any composition that was played for him.
"There isn't any reason why you fellows can't make them play a real tune.
"You have touched upon a subject, senor canon," observed the curate here, "that has awakened an old enmity I have against the plays in vogue at the present day, quite as strong as that which I bear to the books of chivalry; for while the drama, according to Tully, should be the mirror of human life, the model of manners, and the image of the truth, those which are presented now-a-days are mirrors of nonsense, models of folly, and images of lewdness.
These were the plays that we loved, and must have read in common, or at least at the same time: but others that I more especially liked were the Histories, and among them particularly were the Henrys, where Falstaff appeared.