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 first one is, there’s a big interplay in general between inflammation and thrombosis. Lauren Caruba,, "San Antonio vascular expert explains how coronavirus, COVID-19, can cause blood clots and stroke, even in young people," 9 July 2020 That same interplay between fatalism and ebullience is woven throughout Shoot for the Stars, which embodies the qualities that drew fans to earlier records. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Unfinished Business of a Young Rap Star," 7 July 2020 And space is the great mixing chamber for these protocols of interplay that look for no normal. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Keller Easterling on what coronavirus tells us about this moment," 30 June 2020 Paul’s Lear-like antisocial behavior slices through otherwise comic scenes, in a tense interplay of styles whose subtlety makes the gunfire look boring. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods Takes On the Black Trauma of Vietnam," 12 June 2020 Or instructors could deal with immigration in Italy, the interplay of religion and politics in India or Israel and even human rights in Hong Kong. William G. Durden, The Conversation, "Here’s a new way to do study abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond," 4 June 2020 The authors say this trend is leading to an intensification of health threats to humans, with the coronavirus pandemic being one timely example of the interplay between wild species, changing ecosystems and human health. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "With more species at risk of extinction, study warns of "biological annihilation"," 1 June 2020 There is nothing new, then, about this interplay of investigative reporting and reform movements, or debates about whose reporting is corrupted by the pursuit of a cause. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Ronan Farrow Is Not a “Resistance” Journalist," 19 May 2020 Cristopher Moore, a physicist at the Santa Fe Institute, a research center in New Mexico dedicated to the interplay of social and physical sciences, said by email. Scott Veale, New York Times, "Philip W. Anderson, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Is Dead at 96," 30 Mar. 2020

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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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18 Jul 2020

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“Interplay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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