in·​ter·​play ˈin-tər-ˌplā How to pronounce interplay (audio)
: interaction
the interplay of opposing forces
interplay intransitive verb

Examples of interplay in a Sentence

the interplay between the old and the new enjoys the interplay of three very different flavors
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Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interplay was in 1862

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“Interplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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in·​ter·​play ˈint-ər-ˌplā How to pronounce interplay (audio)
: mutual action or influence : interaction
ˌint-ər-ˈplā How to pronounce interplay (audio)

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