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General dictionaries General (35 matching dictionaries)
  1. play: Merriam-Webster.com [home, info]
  2. play, play: Oxford Learner's Dictionaries [home, info]
  3. play: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language [home, info]
  4. play: Collins English Dictionary [home, info]
  5. play: Vocabulary.com [home, info]
  6. play, play: Macmillan Dictionary [home, info]
  7. Play, play: Wordnik [home, info]
  8. play: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary [home, info]
  9. play: Wiktionary [home, info]
  10. play: Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th Ed. [home, info]
  11. play: The Wordsmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus [home, info]
  12. play: Infoplease Dictionary [home, info]
  13. play: Dictionary.com [home, info]
  14. play (n.), play (v.): Online Etymology Dictionary [home, info]
  15. Play, play: UltraLingua English Dictionary [home, info]
  16. play: Cambridge Dictionary of American English [home, info]
  17. play: Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms [home, info]
  18. PLAY (airline), PLAY, PLAY, Play (AKMU album), Play (Akdong Musician album), Play (BDSM), Play (Betta Lemme song), Play (Bond album), Play (Brad Paisley album), Play (Dave Grohl EP), Play (David Ball album), Play (David Banner song), Play (Doug E. Fresh album), Play (EP), Play (Great Big Sea Album), Play (Great Big Sea album), Play (Jax Jones and Years & Years song), Play (Jennifer Lopez song), Play (Jolin Tsai album), Play (Magazine album), Play (Masaki Suda album), Play (Mike Stern album), Play (Moby album), Play (Namie Amuro album), Play (PRC magazine), Play (Play album), Play (Robyn song), Play (S.H.E album), Play (Squeeze album), Play (Super Junior album), Play (Swedish band), Play (Swedish group), Play (TV series), Play (UK magazine), Play (US magazine), Play (activity), Play (airline), Play (animal behaviour), Play (composition), Play (framework), Play (group), Play (play), Play (telecommunications), Play (theater), Play (theatre), Play, Play, The Play (American football), The Play (Stanford vs. California), The Play (film): Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia [home, info]
  19. play: Cambridge International Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs [home, info]
  20. Play: Online Plain Text English Dictionary [home, info]
  21. play: Webster's Revised Unabridged, 1913 Edition [home, info]
  22. play: Rhymezone [home, info]
  23. play: AllWords.com Multi-Lingual Dictionary [home, info]
  24. play: Webster's 1828 Dictionary [home, info]
  25. Play: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898) [home, info]
  26. Play: 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica [home, info]
  27. play: Free Dictionary [home, info]
  28. play: Mnemonic Dictionary [home, info]
  29. play: WordNet 1.7 Vocabulary Helper [home, info]
  30. play: LookWAYup Translating Dictionary/Thesaurus [home, info]
  31. play: Dictionary/thesaurus [home, info]
  32. play: Wikimedia Commons US English Pronunciations [home, info]
  33. play: Cambridge International Dictionary of Idioms [home, info]

Art dictionaries Art (1 matching dictionary)
  1. play: ODLIS: Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science [home, info]

Business dictionaries Business (4 matching dictionaries)
  1. play: INVESTORWORDS [home, info]
  2. Play: Investopedia [home, info]
  3. play: Legal dictionary [home, info]
  4. Play: Financial dictionary [home, info]

Computing dictionaries Computing (2 matching dictionaries)
  1. PLAY: Free On-line Dictionary of Computing [home, info]
  2. play: Encyclopedia [home, info]

Medicine dictionaries Medicine (3 matching dictionaries)
  1. Play: Merck Manuals [home, info]
  2. PLAY, Play, play: online medical dictionary [home, info]
  3. play: Medical dictionary [home, info]

Miscellaneous dictionaries Miscellaneous (7 matching dictionaries)
  1. play: Encyclopedia of Graphic Symbols [home, info]
  2. Play: Brilliant Dream Dictionary [home, info]
  3. Play: Glossary of Unusual Sexual Practices [home, info]
  4. PLAY: Acronym Finder [home, info]
  5. play: A Brief Critical Dictionary of Education [home, info]
  6. PLAY: AbbreviationZ [home, info]
  7. play: Idioms [home, info]

Science dictionaries Science (1 matching dictionary)
  1. play: Anthropology dictionary [home, info]

Slang dictionaries Slang (2 matching dictionaries)
  1. Play: Totally Unofficial Rap [home, info]
  2. The Play: Urban Dictionary [home, info]

Sports dictionaries Sports (6 matching dictionaries)
  1. Play: Dan's Poker [home, info]
  2. Play: Backgammon [home, info]
  3. play: Football Glossary [home, info]
  4. Play, play: Sports Terms [home, info]
  5. play: Golfer's Dictionary [home, info]
  6. Play: Sports Definitions [home, info]

Tech dictionaries Tech (5 matching dictionaries)
  1. Play: AUTOMOTIVE TERMS [home, info]
  2. play: Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary [home, info]
  3. Play: PhotoNotes Dictionary of Film and Digital Photography [home, info]
  4. play: SeaTalk Dictionary of English Nautical Language [home, info]
  5. Play: Latitude Mexico [home, info]

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Quick definitions from WordNet (play)

noun:  the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
noun:  play by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules ("Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child")
noun:  gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement ("It was all done in play")
noun:  a preset plan of action in team sports ("The coach drew up the plays for her team")
noun:  utilization or exercise ("The play of the imagination")
noun:  a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage ("He wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway")
noun:  a theatrical performance of a drama ("The play lasted two hours")
noun:  a state in which action is feasible ("The ball was still in play")
noun:  the activity of doing something in an agreed succession ("It is still my play")
noun:  an attempt to get something ("They made a futile play for power")
noun:  movement or space for movement ("There was too much play in the steering wheel")
noun:  verbal wit (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
noun:  a weak and tremulous light ("The play of light on the water")
noun:  the removal of constraints ("They gave full play to the artist's talent")
noun:  the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize) ("There was heavy play at the blackjack table")
noun:  a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill ("The runner was out on a play by the shortstop")
noun:  (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds ("Rain stopped play in the 4th inning")
verb:  act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome ("This factor played only a minor part in his decision")
verb:  engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion ("On weekends I play")
verb:  be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children ("The kids were playing outside all day")
verb:  behave in a certain way ("Play safe")
verb:  be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way ("This speech didn't play well with the American public")
verb:  exhaust by allowing to pull on the line ("Play a hooked fish")
verb:  participate in games or sport ("We played hockey all afternoon")
verb:  employ in a game or in a specific position ("They played him on first base")
verb:  use or move ("I had to play my queen")
verb:  shoot or hit in a particular manner ("She played a good backhand last night")
verb:  bet or wager (money) ("He played $20 on the new horse")
verb:  put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game ("He is playing his cards close to his chest")
verb:  make bets ("Play the reaces")
verb:  use to one's advantage ("She plays on her clients' emotions")
verb:  discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream ("Play water from a hose")
verb:  engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously ("They played games on their opponents")
verb:  perform on a certain location ("The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16")
verb:  be performed ("What's playing in the local movie theater?")
verb:  cause to emit recorded sounds ("Can you play my favorite record?")
verb:  emit recorded sound ("The tape was playing for hours")
verb:  pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity ("Let's play like I am mommy")
verb:  replay (as a melody) ("Play it again, Sam")
verb:  play on an instrument ("The band played all night long")
verb:  perform music on (a musical instrument) ("He plays the flute")
verb:  move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly ("The spotlights played on the politicians")
verb:  cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space ("The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack")
verb:  play a role or part ("Gielgud played Hamlet")
verb:  perform on a stage or theater ("She acts in this play")
verb:  pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind ("She plays deaf when the news are bad")
verb:  behave carelessly or indifferently ("Play about with a young girl's affection")
verb:  consider not very seriously ("She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania")
verb:  contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle ("Princeton plays Yale this weekend")
verb:  stake on the outcome of an issue ("She played all her money on the dark horse")
verb:  cause to happen or to occur as a consequence ("Play a joke")
verb:  manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination ("She played nervously with her wedding ring")

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Phrases that include play:   power play, childs play, play around, morality play, medal play, more...

Words similar to play:   drama, recreate, act, bid, bring, caper, dally, diddle, encounter, fiddle, flirt, frolic, fun, gambling, gambol, gaming, looseness, make-believe, maneuver, manoeuvre, more...

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