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Play appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

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  • Nosy alpine men I play, son.
  • Wary alpine zen - I play raw!
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Usage statistics for the verb play:

spoken English49.94%written English50.06% conversational speech67.8%task-oriented speech32.2% imaginative writing43.28%informational writing56.72%
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Play is sometimes a misspelling of played, playing or plan.

The word play is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun play

What does play mean as a name of something?

Play is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: plays

  1. a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
    • example: he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway
    • domain: drama
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of play: drama / dramatic play
    • more generic terms: dramatic composition / dramatic work = a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
    • more specific terms:
      • Grand Guignol = a play of a macabre or horrific nature
      • theater of the absurd = plays stressing the irrational or illogical aspects of life, usually to show that modern life is pointless
      • playlet = a short play
      • miracle play = a medieval play representing episodes from the life of a saint or martyr
      • morality play = an allegorical play popular in the 15th and 16th centuries
      • mystery play = a medieval play representing episodes from the life of Christ
      • Passion play = a play representing the Passion of Christ
      • satyr play = an ancient Greek burlesque with a chorus of satyrs
    • parts:
      • stage direction = an instruction written as part of the script of a play
      • act = a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
  2. a theatrical performance of a drama
    • example: the play lasted two hours
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: show = a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
    • more specific terms:
  3. a preset plan of action in team sports
    • example: the coach drew up the plays for her team
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic term: plan of action = a plan for actively doing something
    • more specific terms:
  4. a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
    • example: the runner was out on a play by the shortstop
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of play: maneuver / manoeuvre
    • more generic words: motion / move / movement = the act of changing location from one place to another
    • more specific terms:
      • takeaway = the act of taking the ball or puck away from the team on the offense
      • figure = a predetermined set of movements in dancing or skating
      • pass completion / completion = a successful forward pass in football
      • ball hawking = a skillful maneuver in catching balls or in stealing the ball from the opposing team
      • assist = the act of enabling another player to make a good play
      • icing the puck / icing = the act of shooting the puck from within your own defensive area the length of the rink beyond the opponent's goal
      • jugglery = the performance of a juggler
      • obstruction = getting in someone's way
      • baseball play = a play executed by a baseball team
      • footwork = the manner of using the feet
      • stroke / shot = the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
      • linebacker blitzing / safety blitz / blitz = defensive players try to break through the offensive line
      • mousetrap / trap play = a play in which a defensive player is allowed to cross the line of scrimmage and then blocked off as the runner goes through the place the lineman vacated
    • part of: athletic game = a game involving athletic activity
  5. a state in which action is feasible
    • examples: the ball was still in play | insiders said the company's stock was in play
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: action / activeness / activity = the state of being active
  6. utilization or exercise
  7. an attempt to get something
    • example: they made a futile play for power
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of play: bid
    • more generic words: attempt / effort / endeavor / endeavour / try = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  8. activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
    • example: Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of play: child's play
    • more generic words: diversion / recreation = an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
    • more specific words:
      • house = play in which children take the roles of father or mother or children and pretend to interact like adults
      • doctor = children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office
      • fireman = play in which children pretend to put out a fire
  9. (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
    • example: rain stopped play in the 4th inning
    • domain: game
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonyms of play: period of play / playing period
    • more generic words: amount / measure / quantity = how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify
    • more specific terms:
      • golf hole / hole = one playing period (from tee to green) on a golf course
      • set = a unit of play in tennis or squash
    • part of: athletic game = a game involving athletic activity
    • parts:
      • chukker / chukka = one of six divisions into which a polo match is divided
      • inning / frame = one of nine divisions of play during which each team has a turn at bat
      • round / bout / turn = a division during which one team is on the offensive
      • first period = the first division into which the play of a game is divided
      • second period = the second division into which the play of a game is divided
      • final period = the final division into which the play of a game is divided
      • half = one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval
      • period = one of three divisions into which play is divided in hockey games
      • quarter = one of four divisions into which some games are divided
      • over = the division of play during which six balls are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch
  10. the removal of constraints
    • example: they gave full play to the artist's talent
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of play: free rein
    • more generic word: freedom = the condition of being free
  11. a weak and tremulous light
    • example: the play of light on the water
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of play: shimmer
    • more generic words: alteration / change / modification = an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  12. verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
  13. movement or space for movement
    • example: there was too much play in the steering wheel
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of play: looseness
    • more generic words: movability / movableness = the quality of being movable
    • more specific words:
  14. gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  15. (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
    • example: it is still my play
    • domain: game
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of play: turn
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific words:
      • move = a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game
      • starting / start = a turn to be a starter
      • innings = the batting turn of a cricket player or team
      • attack = an offensive move in a sport or game
      • down = a complete play to advance the football
      • at-bat / bat = a turn trying to get a hit
      • lead = the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge
      • trumping / ruff = the act of taking a trick with a trump when unable to follow suit
      • trick = in a single round, the sequence of cards played by all the players
  16. the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)
    • example: there was heavy play at the blackjack table
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of play: gambling / gaming
    • more generic words: diversion / recreation = an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates; vice = a specific form of evildoing
    • more specific terms:
  17. the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of play: swordplay
    • more generic word: action = something done
    • more specific word: fencing = the art or sport of fighting with swords

Alternative definition of the noun play

noun

  1. [uncountable] Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.
  2. The conduct, or course of a game.
  3. [countable] An individual's performance in a sport or game.
  4. [countable] (turn-based games) An action carried out when it is one's turn to play.
  5. [countable] A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue.
  6. [countable] A theatrical performance featuring actors.
  7. [countable] A major move by a business.
  8. [countable] A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.
  9. [uncountable] The extent to which a part of a mechanism can move freely.
  10. [uncountable, informal] Sexual role-playing.
  11. [rfd-sense, fragment=Start] [countable] A button that, when pressed, causes media to be played.

Specialised definition of the noun play

Glossary of sports

physical activity that is free (i.e. unstructured) voluntarily begun, voluntarily continued, and voluntarily terminated. (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

inconsequential behavior that internal to itself. It may result in the production of something material (e.g. a sand castle) or symbolic (e.g. poetry). However, such products are not the primary reason for the activity. One plays to experience the act of creativity or transformation. In sport theoretically, play is a function of experiencing the joy of the human body in motion, although in reality, sport involvement is meant to satisfy a host of other social, psychological, and physical needs (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

activity practiced without a conscious purpose, for the enjoyment of the activity itself. Play represents a fundamental human being can act creatively on the basis of a game idea; this idea provides an action plan for players. It is generally assumed that play is an essential basic human behaviour in every period of life; it contributes towards the development of creative behaviour, greater flexibility, increased independence, and higher self-lesteem. The prerequisites for play include security and the removal of external pressures. The variety of aspects, under which play can be viewed and practiced, presuppose an equally rich diversity of categories of games: children's games, adult games, dance games, religious games, functional games, individual games, partner games, group games, team games, games of chance, rule games, role games, fictional games, dress-up games, etc.; they can also be combined with each other. Games regarded as sport games belong to the group of competitive games and are therefore usually partner, group or team games and also always rule games (rules). According to the degree of binding of the rules, sport games can also be differentiated into small games (large variability of rule design and interpretation) and large games (rigid sets of rules). Games played by groups or teams are always role games, since a game only makes sense if certain functions and tasks are taken on by its players. It can therefore only be played in some ordered social interaction. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / American football

a single period of activity, starting with the snap, in which players follow prearranged actions (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a spurt of action that begins with a snap and ends with a dead ball

Definition of the verb play

What does play mean as a doing word?

Play is one of the top 50 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: played | playing | plays

  1. participate in games or sport
    • examples: We played hockey all afternoon | play cards | Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: compete / contend / vie = compete for something; engage in a contest
    • more specific terms:
      • line up = take one's position before a kick-off
      • curl = play the Scottish game of curling
      • snooker = leave one's opponent unable to take a direct shot
      • revoke = fail to follow suit when able and required to do so
      • develop = move into a strategically more advantageous position
      • develop = move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions
      • die = to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
      • misplay = play wrong or in an unskillful manner
      • start = play in the starting lineup
      • fumble = drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder
      • volley = make a volley
      • unblock = play the cards of (a suit) so that the last trick on which a hand can follow suit will be taken by a higher card in the hand of a partner who has the remaining cards of a combined holding
      • replay = play again
      • cricket = play cricket
      • backstop = act as a backstop
      • fullback = play the fullback
      • quarterback = play the quarterback
      • cradle = run with the stick
      • exit = lose the lead
      • play out = play to a finish
      • field = play as a fielder
      • catch = be the catcher
      • bully off / face off = start a game by a face-off
      • tee off = strike a ball from the teeing ground at the start of a hole
      • ace = play (a hole) in one stroke
      • complete / nail = complete a pass
      • gamble = play games for money
      • walk = give a base on balls to
      • bowl = engage in the sport of bowling
      • golf = play golf
      • bandy = toss or strike a ball back and forth
      • foul = commit a foul
      • put out = retire
      • croquet = play a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops
      • putt = hit a putt
      • teeter-totter / teetertotter / seesaw = ride on a plank
      • call / bid = make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
  2. act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome
    • examples: This factor played only a minor part in his decision | This development played into her hands | I played no role in your dismissal
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  3. play on an instrument
    • examples: The band played all night long | Sam and Sue play
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Sandy sang
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Sandy sang me a song
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Sandy sang a song
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Sandy sang a song for me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to [Beneficiary]Sandy sang a song to me

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): dance, hum, recite, sing, whistle.

    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: perform = give a performance
    • more specific terms:
  4. play a role or part
    • examples: Gielgud played Hamlet | She played the servant to her husband's master
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • domain: performing arts
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of play: act / represent
    • more generic word: re-create = create anew
    • more specific terms:
  5. be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
  6. replay (as a melody)
    • examples: Play it again, Sam | She played the third movement very beautifully | They will play the duet
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of play: spiel
    • more generic word: re-create = create anew
    • more specific terms:
  7. perform music on (a musical instrument)
    • examples: He plays the flute | Can you play on this old recorder?
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • domains: music; music
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: sound = cause to sound
    • more specific words:
      • register = manipulate the registers of an organ
      • skirl = play the bagpipes
      • beat = produce a rhythm by striking repeatedly
      • tweedle = play negligently on a musical instrument
      • chord = play chords on
      • pipe = play on a pipe
      • drum = play a percussion instrument
      • harp = play the harp
      • fiddle = play the violin or fiddle
      • trumpet = play or blow on the trumpet
      • clarion = blow the clarion
  8. pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
    • example: She plays deaf when the news are bad
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of play: act / act as
    • more generic words: act / behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior
  9. move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
    • example: The spotlights played on the politicians
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: go / locomote / move / travel = change location
  10. bet or wager (money)
    • examples: He played $20 on the new horse | She plays the races
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: gamble = play games for money
    • more specific word: underplay = play a card lower than
  11. engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
    • example: On weekends I play
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of play: recreate
  12. pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
    • examples: Let's play like I am mommy | Play cowboy and Indians
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: assume / feign / sham / simulate = make a pretence of
  13. emit recorded sound
    • examples: The tape was playing for hours | the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: sound = give off a certain sound or sounds
  14. perform on a certain location
    • examples: The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16 | She has been playing on Broadway for years
    • domain: performing arts
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: perform = give a performance
  15. put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
    • examples: He is playing his cards close to his chest | The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: deploy = place troops or weapons in battle formation
    • more specific words:
      • pitch = lead (a card) and establish the trump suit
      • cover = play a higher card than the one previously played
      • declare = designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand
  16. engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
    • examples: They played games on their opponents | play the stock market | play with her feelings
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonym of play: toy
    • more generic words: act / behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior
  17. behave in a certain way
    • examples: play safe | play it safe | play fair
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  18. cause to emit recorded audio or video
    • examples: I'll play you my favorite record | He never tires of playing that video | Sam and Sue play the movie
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of play: run
  19. manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
    • examples: She played nervously with her wedding ring | He played with the idea of running for the Senate
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of play: diddle / fiddle / toy
    • more generic word: manipulate = hold something in one's hands and move it
    • more specific terms: put out / retire = cause to be out on a fielding play
  20. use to one's advantage
    • example: She plays on her clients' emotions
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • more generic words: exploit / work = use or manipulate to one's advantage
  21. consider not very seriously
    • examples: She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania | Sam wants to play with Sue
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of play: dally / trifle
    • more generic terms: consider / deal / look at / take = take into consideration for exemplifying purposes
  22. be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way
    • examples: This speech didn't play well with the American public | His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
  23. behave carelessly or indifferently
    • example: Play about with a young girl's affection
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of play: dally / flirt / toy
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
  24. cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
    • example: The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  25. perform on a stage or theater
  26. be performed or presented for public viewing
    • examples: What's playing in the local movie theater? | `Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 3
    • domain: performing arts
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more specific word: debut = appear for the first time in public
  27. cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
    • example: play a joke
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of play: bring / make for / work / wreak
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
  28. discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
    • examples: play water from a hose | The fountains played all day
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: discharge = pour forth or release
  29. make bets
    • examples: Play the races | play the casinos in Trouville
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: bet / wager = stake on the outcome of an issue
  30. stake on the outcome of an issue
    • example: She played all her money on the dark horse
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of play: bet / wager
    • more generic word: gamble = play games for money
    • more specific terms:
  31. shoot or hit in a particular manner
    • example: She played a good backhand last night
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: hit = cause to move by striking
    • more specific word: hook = secure with the foot
  32. use or move
    • example: I had to play my queen
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: apply / employ / use / utilise / utilize = put into service
    • more specific word: promote = change a pawn for a better piece by advancing it to the eighth row, or change a checker piece for a more valuable piece by moving it to the row closest to your opponent
  33. employ in a game or in a specific position
  34. contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
    • examples: Princeton plays Yale this weekend | Charlie likes to play Mary | Sam and Sue play | Sam cannot play Sue
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 5
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • synonyms of play: encounter / meet / take on
    • more specific words:
      • confront / face = oppose, as in hostility or a competition
      • replay = repeat a game against the same opponent
    • entailments: compete / contend / vie = compete for something; engage in a contest
  35. exhaust by allowing to pull on the line

Alternative definition of the verb play

verb

  1. [intransitive] To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation.
  2. [intransitive] To take part in amorous activity; to make love, fornicate; to have sex.
  3. [intransitive] To perform in a sport.
  4. [transitive] To participate in the game indicated.
  5. [transitive] To act as the indicated role, especially in a performance.
  6. [intransitive] To produce music using a musical instrument.
  7. [transitive, ergative] To produce music on the indicated musical instrument.
  8. [transitive, ergative] To produce music, the indicated song or style, with a musical instrument.
  9. [transitive, ergative] To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording.
  10. [context: copulative] Contrary to fact, to give an appearance of being.

Specialised definition of the verb play

Glossary of sports

to take part in an enjoyable activity, especially a game, simply for the sake of amusement (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to take part in a game or a sporting activity (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to compete against someone in a game or sporting event (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to assign a player to a particular position on die field, or be assigned such a position (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to hit or kick an object such as a ball, puck or shuttlecock in a particular direction (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to make a shot or stroke in a sporting event: the action during a game or series of games; US an action or move in a game (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / soccer

to trap, dribble, kick or head the ball

Business

Play, P4 is a brand name of the fourth Polish cellular telecommunications provider.

Person

Who is Play?

Play a.k.a. Christopher Martin: Christopher "Play" Martin is an American rapper and actor, formerly the latter half of the late 1980s/early 1990s hip-hop/comedy duo Kid 'n Play.

Groups

  1. Play was a Swedish pop girl group consisting of, in total, seven young women. Faye Hamlin, Anna Sundstrand, Anaïs Lameche, and Rosanna "Rosie" Munter formed Play's original line-up from the band's formation from 2001 until late 2003. After founding member Faye left the group, fifth member Janet Leon joined Play to fill Hamlin's position as lead singer. In 2005, the group officially announced an "indefinite break" and split up. At that time, Play had sold almost one million albums. Four years later, in 2009, the group reformed with a new line up of three members consisting of Anaïs, Faye, and the sixth and oldest member of Play, Sanne Karlsson. In February 2011, an official statement was made that Faye had once again left the group in 2010 and would be replaced by Emelie Norenberg. It was announced in May 2011 that the band had separated for the second time.
  2. Play, also known as Grupo Play, is a teen Mexican band made in 2006 out of teenagers from the reality show for kids Código F.A.M.A. made by the giant company Televisa. There are 7 members in the band and only 6 out of 7 of the band were in a telenovela from Televisa. They have already had their debut CD released in Mexico. In their official website they state that their reality show, and telenovelas Código F.A.M.A., Alegrijes y Rebujos, and Mision S.O.S is behind them. The group disbanded in 2007 because of problems with their record label.
  3. Play is a musical group.
    • album: "Forever"

There are other groups with in their name, like Cold Play, Fair Play, Fair-Play, Foul Play, Payz Play, Play Boys, Play Dead, play fair, Plug&Play, Push Play, Fair -Play, foul play!, [email protected], Press Play, Childs Play, Fair - Play, Kid 'n Play, Play Guitar, Play Patrik and Plug & Play.

Writings

  1. "Play" is a one-act play by Samuel Beckett. It was written between 1962 and 1963 and first produced in German as Spiel on 14 June 1963 at the Ulmer Theatre in Ulm-Donau, Germany, directed by Deryk Mendel, with Nancy Illig, Sigfrid Pfeiffer and Gerhard Winter. The first performance in English was on 7 April 1964 at the Old Vic in London.
    • also known as "Play; and two short pieces for radio"
    • released in (53 years ago)
  2. "Play" is a 2014 book written by Kylie Scott.

Films

  1. "Play" is a 2011 Swedish film drama directed by Ruben Östlund and written by Östlund and Erik Hemmendorff. Inspired by actual court cases, it portrays a group of black boys who rob a smaller group of white boys by the means of a psychological game. The film was heavily debated in the Swedish press. It won the Nordic Council Film Prize in 2012.
  2. "Play" a.k.a. "Leelai" is a 2012 Tamil romantic comedy film directed by Andrew Louis and produced by Ramesh Babu. It stars débutantes Shiv Pandit and Manasi Parekh in lead roles along with Santhanam and Suhasini Raju in pivotal roles. The film which began in May 2008, opened after production delays on 27 April 2012 to positive reviews.
  3. "Play" is a 2005 Chilean film directed by Alicia Scherson.
  4. "Play" is a 2011 music drama film written and directed by Nam Da-Jeong.
  5. "Play": Jeu is a 2006 animated short by Georges Schwizgebel. Described as a film about the frenetic pace of modern life, Jeu is set to scherzo of Prokofiev's Concerto for Piano No. 2, Opus 16. The film has received 12 international awards, including the Silver Dove Award from the international jury for animated film at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, the award for best experimental/abstract animation under 35 minutes at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and a Special International Jury Prize at the Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Jeu is co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada and Studio GDS.
  6. "Play" is a 2001 short drama film directed by Anthony Minghella.
    • country: Republic of Ireland
    • language: English Language
    • production design by Roy Walker
    • genres: Fantasy, Drama
    • released on (14 years ago)
  7. "Play" is a 2003 drama film written and directed by John Sullivan.
  8. "Play" is a 2003 short film written and directed by Matthias Müller and Christoph Girardet.
  9. "Play" is a short film directed by Coletivo de crianças e jovens de Guimarães and Colectivo Fotograma 24.
  10. "Play" a.k.a. "Play the Film" is a 2013 comedy film written by Kelly McCormack and directed by Alec Toller.
  11. "Play" dresse un portrait de l'humanité par le sport. Partout dans le monde, les hommes jouent. Pour se dépasser, se mesurer, s'unir, s'illustrer ou créer le spectacle... Le sport est l'un des plus petits dénominateurs du genre humain. Il se retrouve dans toutes les sociétés, toutes les cultures, toutes les classes sociales et à toutes les époques. D'une pulsion primitive au plus grand événement du monde, du sport le plus méconnu au plus mondialisé, des plateaux arides éthiopiens aux stades survoltés des mégalopoles, le film voyage au cœur de cette activité universellement partagée. Construit comme un film "opéra" avec les plus belles images de sport tournées en très haute définition ou des archives récentes de grande qualité, PLAY repose sur la parole conjointe et entrelacée de grands champions internationaux et d'athlètes anonymes de sports méconnus. Un film qui témoigne de notre diversité mais aussi de ce qui nous relie.
    • director: Manuel Herrero
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released on

Artwork

"Play" is an abstract sculpture by Lars Jonker. It is located in Hendricks Park, in the historic Bates-Hendricks neighborhood, south of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • also known as Catch
  • completed in (14 years ago)

Music

  1. "Play" is the fifth studio album by American electronica musician Moby, released on May 17, 1999 on V2 Records. While some of Moby's earlier work garnered critical and commercial success within the electronic dance music scene, Play was both a critical success and a commercial phenomenon. The album introduced Moby to a worldwide mainstream audience, not only through a large number of hit singles, but also through unprecedented licensing of his music in films, television, and commercial advertisements. It eventually became the biggest-selling album of its genre, with over 12 million copies sold worldwide. According to Rolling Stone, "Play wasn't the first album to make a rock star out of an insular techno nerdnik, but it was the first to make one a pop sensation. [...] Play made post-modernism cuddly, slowly but surely striking a chord with critics and record-buyers alike.
  2. "Play" is the first studio album by South Korean brother-sister duo, Akdong Musician, and their first release since winning K-pop Star 2 the previous year.
    • genre: K-pop
    • released on
  3. "Play" is a song recorded by American singer Jennifer Lopez for her second studio album, J.Lo. It was released on April 17, 2001, as the album's second single. The song was written by Cory Rooney, Christina Millian, Arnthor Birgisson, Anders Bagge, with production done by the latter too under their production name, Bag & Arnthor. A dance track, it was noted for its funky vibe, compared to the works of Prince and Madonna by critics. Over an electric guitar and a funky beat, Lopez sings about pleading a DJ to play her favorite song. "Play" was a commercial success, peaking at number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while charting within the top ten in over ten countries. Most notably, it reached number three in the United Kingdom. Its futuristic-themed music video was directed by Francis Lawrence. Additionally, "Play" was performed live by Lopez on numerous occasions, including at her Let's Get Loud concerts.
  4. "Play", also known as Play: The Guitar Album, is the sixth studio album by American country music artist Brad Paisley. It was released on November 4, 2008. Like all of his previous albums, Play was released on Arista Nashville and produced by Frank Rogers. The album is largely instrumental in nature, except for five vocal tracks. One of these tracks, "Start a Band", has been released as a single and has become Paisley's ninth consecutive Number One country hit, and his thirteenth overall. The album cover photograph was taken at Bristow Run Elementary School in Bristow, Virginia.
    • also known as Play: The Guitar Album
    • genre: Country
    • released on (7 years ago)
  5. "Play" a.k.a. "12 Play" is the debut solo album of American R&B and soul musician R. Kelly, released November 9, 1993 on Jive Records. It follows his tenure with R&B group Public Announcement, with whom he released one album, Born into the 90's. It went on to top the R&B albums chart for nine weeks straight, while reaching the second position on the Billboard 200 chart.
  6. "Play" is Australian/British classical-electropop band Bond's fourth studio album. It was released on June 26, 2011.
  7. "Play" is the eighth studio album by Japanese pop singer Namie Amuro, released on June 27, 2007 in Japan. The follow-up to her successful 2005 album Queen of Hip-Pop, Play showcases her new hip-pop genre. It marks her first album to be released in both the CD and CD+DVD formats. Play is her highest selling album since 2000's Genius 2000. The album was ranked 9th on CDJapan's list of top 100 CDs of 2007.
  8. "Play" is an album by Bobby McFerrin and Chick Corea.
  9. "Play" a.k.a. "Play.": Play is the first live album by English post-punk-new wave band Magazine. It was released in December 1980 through Virgin Records and I.R.S. Records and peaked at number sixty-nine on the UK Album Chart. It was Magazine's sixth release of 1980.
  10. "Play" is a 1991 album by the British new wave group Squeeze. It is the band's ninth album, and their only released by Reprise Records. It is the first LP in the Squeeze discography to feature only four official members instead of five. Tony Berg produced the album. In the liner notes to the 1996 Squeeze compilation Excess Moderation, Glenn Tilbrook stated that he considers Play the beginning of Squeeze's "renaissance period.
  11. "Play" is the second extended player by British band Ride.
  12. "Play" is the fourth album released by Doug E. Fresh. It was released on September 26, 1995, on Gee Street Independent and featured production from Doug E. Fresh, Frankie Cutlass, and Todd Terry. The album itself was not a commercial success, only peaking at #81 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, but several singles—"Where's da Party At?" "Freaks," "Hands in the Air," and "I-ight"—all made it to the Hot Rap Singles chart.
  13. "Play" is the third studio album by Canadian band Great Big Sea released in May 1997.
    • genre: Folk music
    • released on (18 years ago)
    • award: - Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group nomination for Great Big Sea
  14. "Play" is an album by Mike Stern, released in 1999 through Atlantic Records. The album reached a peak position of number twenty-one on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  15. "Play" is the eighth studio album by Taiwanese Mandopop girl group S.H.E. It was released on 11 May 2007 by HIM International Music. During the week of its release, Play accounted for over half of all Taiwanese album sales, beating out its runner up by over 40% of the market share. Over 100,000 copies of the album were pre-ordered; by mid-July, the sales total reached 500,000. Despite being tainted by cross-straits controversy, "Chinese Language", the album's lead single, earned six awards, including one for its music video. Due to the overall popularity of the album, Play became the first S.H.E album to warrant its own concert, which was held at the Tamshui Fisherman's Wharf in July.
    • genre: Mandopop
    • released on (8 years ago)
  16. "Play" a.k.a. "Pläy" is a musical album of Märtini Brös.
  17. "Play" a.k.a. "" is a musical album of Jolin Tsai.
    • released on
  18. "Play" is a song by Robyn, released as the second single from her second album My Truth in 1999. The single was a moderate success in Sweden and peaked at #31, Robyn's 6th consecutive top 40 single in her home country.
  19. "Play": Play is the self-titled debut album by Swedish girl group Play, released on 25 June 2002. It was their debut album in the United States, while the album Us Against the World, which included five additional songs, was released in other countries. The album spent six weeks on the Billboard 200, peaking at #85 on 17 August 2002, and on 24 March 2003 the album was certified Gold by the RIAA. The songs "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" and "Us Against the World" had been frequently played on Radio Disney in 2002 to late 2003.
    • genre: Teen pop
    • released on (13 years ago)
  20. "Play" is the title of the fourth studio album by American country music singer David Ball. It was released in 1999 on Warner Bros. Records. The album produced the singles "Watching My Baby Not Come Back" and "I Want To with You", which respectively reached #47 and #67 on the Billboard country charts.
    • genre: Country
    • released on (16 years ago)
  21. "Play" is the second single released by rapper David Banner from his fourth studio album Certified. It was produced by Mr. Collipark.
  22. "Play" is a musical album of De Mono.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  23. "Play" a.k.a. "Play." is a musical album of Clair Obscur.
    • released in (28 years ago)
  24. "Play" is a musical album by Sid.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  25. "Play" is a musical single of Goapele.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  26. "play" is a composition, cataloged instance.

Miscellanea

  1. Play is a monthly magazine produced by Imagine Publishing in the United Kingdom, which reports on Sony's PlayStation product range. It is the UK's longest-running PlayStation magazine, and is in its 17th year on sale as of 2012. The print publication is available worldwide, as well as digitally on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad via a distribution agreement with Pixel Mags. As well as being sold in the UK, PLAY is also sold in Australia. Though because of the distance between the two countries, Australia is one month behind, so some of the information may be inaccurate or old. PLAY comes with a covermounted DVD every issue.
  2. Play was a U.S.-based magazine focused on video games, manga and anime, and other media such as film and television, comics, music. Published by Fusion Publishing between 2001 and 2010, play magazine also had a separate Internet presence on its website, playmagazine. The magazine's founder and editor-in-chief was Dave Halverson.
  3. The play that this is a production of.
  4. Play, within BDSM circles, is any of the wide variety of "kinky" activities. This includes both physical and mental activities, covering a wide range of intensities and levels of social acceptability. The term originated in the BDSM club and party communities, indicating the activities taking place within a scene. It has since extended to the full range of BDSM actions.
  5. Play: Enter the theater production, rather than the play itself.
  6. Play is a term employed in ethology and psychology to describe to a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated activities normally associated with pleasure and enjoyment. Play is commonly associated with children, but positive psychology has stressed that play is imperative for all higher-functioning animals, even adult humans.
  7. Play is a term employed in psychology and ethology to describe a range of voluntary, intrinsically motivated activities normally associated with recreational pleasure and enjoyment. Play is most commonly associated with children and their juvenile-level activities, but play can also be a useful adult activity, and occurs among higher-functioning animals as well.
  8. Play Magazine is a quarterly online sports magazine, associated with The New York Times.
  9. Play a.k.a. >play: >play was a Canadian newsmagazine series, focusing on pop culture and entertainment, which aired on CBC Newsworld between 2002 and 2005. The show was hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, a former member of pop group Moxy Früvous. The show initially aired weekly. Then themed episodes aired once every several weeks. However, the show was cancelled due to poor ratings.
  10. Play is a Chinese game-and-software oriented magazine founded in October 1993 and first officially published in June 1994 by Popular Science Press. The magazine was originally named Jiāyòng Diànnǎo Yǔ Yóuxìjī, and focused on both PC games and console games. In January 2001 it was renamed to its current name and its coverage shifted to focus on PC games exclusively, making it the first specialized PC gaming magazine in China. Subsequently Play became one of the most important gaming magazines in mainland China.
    • also known as Home Computer and Game, Home Computer and Game Console
  11. Play a.k.a. The Videos 86>98: Play: The Videos is a compilation DVD of music videos by Peter Gabriel, released in 2004. The DVD contains remastered audio tracks of songs in DTS 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The new surround sound mixes were created by Daniel Lanois and Richard Chappell.
  12. The Play is a 1973 theater production of the play by Samuel Beckett.
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Phrases with Play

Phrases starting with the word Play:

  1. Play'd
  2. Play at
  3. Play in
  4. Play On
  5. play up
  6. play off
  7. play out
  8. play-box
  9. Play Away
  10. play back
  11. Play Ball
  12. Play Dead

Phrases ending with the word Play:

  1. by-play
  2. to play
  3. Sex Play
  4. draw play
  5. Edge Play
  6. Fair Play
  7. foul play
  8. long-play

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Play

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Google previewOther Banalities (2012)

Melanie Klein Revisited by Jon Mills

Play is the activity whereby the child takes the catastrophic anxieties of its condition and transforms them through the power of symbolic actions...

Google previewBeyond the Dunes (2006)

An Anthology of Modern Saudi Literature by Salma Jayyusi

The play is an allegory to life's constant movement, with no fixed setting of time or place. The subject...

The play is a production of the Saudi Arab Society for Culture and Arts, which is the foremost theatrical body in the Kingdom. The Society...

Google previewThe Oregon Countryman (1920)

Play is the most serious thing to the child. It is a test of true educational...

Google previewOn Miracle Ground (1990)

Essays on the Fiction of Lawrence Durrell by Michael H. Begnal

As paradoxical as it may seem, play is a serious procedure. Third, play is limited by certain confines of time and space.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Play in Today's Society (2009)

by Rodney P. Carlisle

Play has an important place in the classroom and is a critical element of the learning process, particularly for younger children. For preschool-aged children, play is a key learning experience that teaches social skills and self-regulation and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Deception (2014)

by Timothy R. Levine

Lying and deception play key roles in many types of children's games, with the opportunity to deceive one's peers an important strategy for defeating opponents and winning the contest. Some believe this exposure to lying and deception plays ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Scales, Modes and Melodic Patterns (2010)

by Arnie Berle

The following PRACTICE ROUTINE has been designed to help prepare the improvising student to play through the most commonly found chord progressions without any interruption or hesitation. Although chords may move in any direction ...

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Usage statistics about play

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb play:

spoken English49.94%written English50.06% conversational speech67.8%task-oriented speech32.2% imaginative writing43.28%informational writing56.72%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun play:

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb play:

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Small photo of Johor, Malaysia - 25 Mar, 2015: The Google Play Store is the official pre-installed app on Android devices which provides access to the Google Play store, 25 Mar, 2015 in Johor, Malaysia.Small photo of Melbourne, Australia - May 17, 2016: Browsing the Google Play Store on Android smartphone. It is an app store for the Android OS, allowing users to download app, music, movies and TV showsSmall photo of Colorful kids play room with tent and hammockSmall photo of Cute baby playing with colorful rainbow toy pyramid sitting on play mat in white sunny bedroom. Toys for little kids. Interior for little boy nursery. Child with educational toy. Early development.Small photo of Kids playing together at home. Little girl and boy play sitting on the floor next to a window. Toddler child building tower with colorful blocks. Baby starting to crawl. Toys for young childrenSmall photo of Happy teenage kids play volleyball outsideSmall photo of Ostersund, Sweden - May 23, 2016: Google Play's website under a magnifying glass Google Play is a digital distribution platform operated by Google. More...

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Quotes about Play

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Scrabble value of P3L1A1Y4

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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