1. a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage;
2. a theatrical performance of a drama;
3. a preset plan of action in team sports;
4. a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill;
5. a state in which action is feasible;
6. utilization or exercise;
7. an attempt to get something;
8. play by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules;
9. (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds;
10. the removal of constraints;
11. a weak and tremulous light;
12. verbal wit (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously);
13. movement or space for movement;
14. gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement;
15. the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize);
16. the activity of doing something in an agreed succession;
17. the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
1. participate in games or sport;
2. act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome;
3. play on an instrument;
4. play a role or part;
5. be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children;
6. replay (as a melody);
7. perform music on (a musical instrument);
8. pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind;
9. move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly;
10. bet or wager (money);
11. engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion;
12. pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity;
13. emit recorded sound;
14. perform on a certain location;
15. put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game;
16. engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously;
17. behave in a certain way;
18. cause to emit recorded sounds;
19. manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination;
20. use to one's advantage;
21. consider not very seriously;
22. be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way;
23. behave carelessly or indifferently;
24. cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space;
25. perform on a stage or theater;
26. be performed;
27. cause to happen or to occur as a consequence;
28. discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream;
29. make bets;
30. stake on the outcome of an issue;
31. shoot or hit in a particular manner;
32. use or move;
33. employ in a game or in a specific position;
34. contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle;
35. exhaust by allowing to pull on the line;
He disillusioned his fans by his sloppy play.
She seems to have camped up at the third act of the play.
The play is in rehearsal now.
The young actor was given a minor part in the new play.
He has written a fine preface to the play.
The batsman began slowly but once he got his eye in he started to play some very good shots.
All the actors know the play backward.
The play has been very popular ; you have to book up well ahead.
Don't look down on the role women can play.
The scenery for the play must have cost too much.
The play got rave praises in the local press.
He acts as an old man in the play.
The conversation slows down the action of the play.
The boss attempted to play with his woman secretary.
Why are children not allowed to play ball games in the park?
The negotiation broke down because one side refused to play the game.
The children are at play.
If you play the fool, and lose a good job on consequence , you can hardly expect much sympathy.
The play is not to his liking.
The play was something to write home about.
Critics enthusiastically acclaimed the new play.
Taken altogether , this TV play was successful.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Dave and Michelle invited me to go out with them but I don't want to play gooseberry all evening.
He's playing the lead in the new play.
There was some excellent play in yesterday's match.
When a fast ball lands short of you, you have to play back.
Who played Mary in the nativity play?
The applause made it evident the play was a hit.
I'm hovering between the concert and the play tonight.
play along 【非正式用语】
To cooperate or pretend to cooperate
decided to play along with the robbers for a while.
To participate in; engage in.
To do or take part in half-heartedly.
To replay (a recently recorded tape, for example).
To minimize the importance of; make little of
played down the defect to protect the troops' morale.
To set (one individual or party) in opposition to another so as to advance one's own interests
a parent who played off one child against another.
play on 或 play upon
To take advantage of (another's attitudes or feelings) for one's own interests
demagogues who play on popular fears.
To use up; exhaust
Our strength was played out early in the contest.
To emphasize or publicize
She played up her experience during the employment interview.
make a play for
(informal)attempt to attract or attain
make (great) play of (或 with)
draw attention to in an ostentatious manner, typically to gain prestige or advantage
the company made great play of their recent growth in profits.
make play with
not playing with a full deck
play something by ear
perform music without having to read from a score
You want to play hardball. Here we go.
Things are getting a little lough.The President has decided to play hardball on this issue.
play hell with (somebody
If you drive badly, it plays hell with the tyres of your car.
Your decision plays hell with all my friends.
You shouldn't play hell with me on this matter.
play fast and loose with somebody
He was playing fast and loose with his girlfriend. So she left him.
They pulled off that squeeze play like the professionals they are.
When he started in politics he didn't mean to play dirty.
fun merriment distraction pastime enjoyment relaxation joviality gaiety sport entertainment faolic revelry amusement recreation merrymaking diversion pleasure jollification game-playing delight romping
There is relatively little information about play, maybe you can watch a bilingual story to relax your mood, I wish you a happy day!
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