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

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An intriguing example of the interplay between such good and bad actors can be seen in the Virunga National Park, 8,000 square kilometres of forest, lake and savannah sandwiched between three live volcanoes and the Mountains of the Moon. The Economist, "How do you reform a country where gunmen torch Ebola clinics?," 2 Aug. 2019 Kellen and Drea have some charming interplay, both resisting their attraction to each other, until his grandmother’s plotting forces them to indulge their interest. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: July romances offer 'knotty' self-discovery," 30 July 2019 Brothers are everywhere, and the complex interplay of traditional masculinity and tenderness in the relationship of brothers to each other is fairly well-trod territory. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Wolfenstein: Youngblood Is a Rare Game About Sisterhood," 30 July 2019 The report suggests, and Mueller’s testimony yesterday made clear, that there is an important interplay between the government’s inability to charge a conspiracy and obstruction of justice. Joyce White Vance, Time, "This Might Be the Most Important Exchange in the Mueller Testimony," 25 July 2019 Jazz requires individuals to come together to produce, out of that interplay of those individuals, something remarkable. Thomas Gebremedhin, WSJ, "Toni Morrison, Unseen And Unsung: A Brief Oral history," 20 June 2019 More precise predictions must consider year-over-year comparisons of the complex interplay of weather and climate, including factors like cloudy days, rain and snowfall, and temperature. National Geographic, "Best places to see cherry blossoms in the U.S.," 1 Mar. 2019 The first came in the 28th minute, after some deft interplay between Luis Mendoza and Miller Bolanos got him the ball at the top of the box. Mark Zeigler,, "Tijuana Xolos beat Toluca in opening leg of Liga MX semis," 10 May 2018 The program promises more than 150 workshops, masterclasses and eploring the relationship between music and the brain, the interplay of light and sound, artificial intelligence breakthroughs, and more. Kat Bein, Billboard, "A$AP Rocky, Bad Bunny, Disclosure and More Set For Sonar Festival 2019: Full Lineup," 20 June 2019

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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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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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