in·​ter·​play | \ ˈin-tər-ˌplā How to pronounce interplay (audio) \

Definition of interplay

: interaction the interplay of opposing forces

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Other Words from interplay

interplay \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈplā How to pronounce interplay (audio) , ˈin-​tər-​ˌplā \ intransitive verb

Examples of interplay in a Sentence

the interplay between the old and the new enjoys the interplay of three very different flavors
Recent Examples on the Web The poems address race, labor, industrialism, the region’s indigenous people, and the powerful interplay — sometimes cruel, sometimes nurturing — of people on the environment and the environment on the people., 3 June 2021 With a fascinating history, a complex cultural tapestry that is the result of generations' worth of interplay between different peoples, excellent cuisine, beautiful sea views, and a vibrant local character, Thessaloniki is easy to love. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 19 June 2021 Caution surrounding immigration status and its interplay with government services appears to have pushed an increasing share of Hispanics toward community health systems for their vaccinations. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, 14 May 2021 Two songs impossible to separate in their interplay with each other and their impact on rap music. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 13 Apr. 2021 The symmetry, the structural interplay of equations and formulas, were always in her head. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 The door panels retain some of the shadow-and-light interplay of the Hatchback; but the curvatures are less defined, the reflections less vivacious. Dan Neil, WSJ, 21 May 2021 The interplay of the different components allows for an expansiveness that straight prose sometimes cannot achieve, and that makes these nonfiction works as captivating as the latest fiction page-turner. Tori Latham, The Atlantic, 7 May 2021 There’s the contrast between the size of their hands, and the interplay of textures between blue satin and dark skin. New York Times, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of interplay

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interplay was in 1862

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19 Jul 2021

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“Interplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of interplay

: the ways in which two or more things, groups, etc., affect each other when they happen or exist together

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