in·ter·play | \ ˈin-tər-ˌplā \

Definition of interplay 

: interaction the interplay of opposing forces

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Other words from interplay

interplay \ˌin-tər-ˈplā, 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

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That anecdote becomes a part of the Getting Word archive, as does their full conversation, with interplays between the researchers and the subjects. Andrew M. Davenport, Smithsonian, "Putting Enslaved Families’ Stories Back in the Monticello Narrative," 14 June 2018 The devil is in the details, and the complex interplay of restraint and intensity is offset by sparse piano and brass. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "BTS' 50 Best Songs: Critics' Picks," 12 June 2018 These 10 stories satisfy on many levels — the masterful craft, the emotional precision, the agile interplay between the past and present. S. Kirk Walsh, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Last Stories,’ by William Trevor," 24 May 2018 The lemon acts like a curtain, so the first impression is of tartness before the palate opens up to reveal the interplay of the other ingredients. Michael Bauer,, "Sorrel off to a stellar start in Pacific Heights," 6 July 2018 The interplay between Bongwan and Areum often generates a musical sense of counterpoint, especially when Hong presents them both in the same shot. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's real-life affair yields a trio of films about infidelity," 12 July 2018 Several of the most remarkable results of the interplay are on display in the Anna Wintour Costume Center (opening to the public May 10). Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "The 2018 Met Gala red carpet could have been an unholy mess. Instead it was a revelation.," 8 May 2018 The interplay among internal pressure and outside pressure is complex, activists said. Joseph Menn, The Christian Science Monitor, "Silicon Valley employees increasingly push companies on ethics," 13 July 2018 The great disruptors of the energy industry have always been politics, markets and technology -- and their interplay. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of interplay

1862, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2018

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The first known use of interplay was in 1862

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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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