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Play Along

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Definition of the verb play along

What does play along mean as a doing phrase?

verb

  1. cooperate or pretend to cooperate
  2. perform an accompaniment to
    • 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, play, recite, sing, whistle.

    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of play along: accompany / follow
    • more generic word: play = play on an instrument

Alternative definition of the verb play along

verb

  1. [idiomatic] To take part in a charade, deception, or practical joke

Music

  1. "Play Along" is a musical EP of Stuck On Planet Earth.
    • released on
  2. "Play Along" is a musical EP of Scott Olgard.
    • released in (4 years ago)

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Play Along

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Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

play along pretend to cooperate. play something by ear 1 perform music without having seen a score.

Google previewThe American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition (2013)

by Christine Ammer

along ➧ In addition to the idioms beginning with along, also see all along; all along the line; be along; come along; follow along; get along; go along; play along; run along; string along. along for the ride Participating but not actively ...

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Usage statistics about play along

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.

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

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