interplay

play
noun in·ter·play \ ˈin-tər-ˌplā \

Definition of interplay

:interaction
  • the interplay of opposing forces

interplay

play \ˌin-tər-ˈplā, ˈin-tər-ˌplā\ intransitive verb

Examples of interplay in a Sentence

  1. the interplay between the old and the new

  2. enjoys the interplay of three very different flavors

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First Known Use of interplay

1862


INTERPLAY Defined for English Language Learners

interplay

play
noun

Definition of interplay for English Language Learners

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



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