play out

verb
played out; playing out; plays out

Definition of play out

transitive verb

1a : to perform to the end play out a role
b : use up, finish
2 : unreel, unfold played out a length of line— Gordon Webber

intransitive verb

1 : to become spent or exhausted
2 : develop, unfold see how things play out

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Synonyms & Antonyms for play out

Synonyms

absorb, burn, consume, deplete, devour, drain, draw down, exhaust, expend, spend, use up

Antonyms

renew, replace

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Examples of play out in a Sentence

we've finally played out the leftovers from that huge holiday meal

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The song itself plays out like a hallucinoeginc journey, beginning slowly with trepidatious steps over the edge of its excitement. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Opiuo Enlists Animator Dr. D Foothead for Psychedelic 'Kaleidoscope' Video: Exclusive," 8 Aug. 2019 Food is one of the few ways in which my Gazan roots continue to play out. The Economist, "How to eat well while living under siege," 2 Aug. 2019 The findings suggest that the initial stages of thermalization play out in a way that’s very different from what comes later. Quanta Magazine, "The Universal Law That Aims Time’s Arrow," 1 Aug. 2019 Predictably, since then, the battle has played out online and in the media. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Minnesota and Wisconsin Are Beefing About Who Has More Lakes," 20 July 2019 Osaka's response brought her to tears Williams cranked up her level at crunch time in a scene regularly played out over her three-decade career. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Serena Williams all 'business' ahead of Wimbledon semifinals," 10 July 2019 Throughout the beloved 80s sitcom’s seven seasons, all four women would frequently gather in Blanche’s kitchen as their lives played out under one roof. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Here’s the Deal with Blanche’s House from The Golden Girls," 28 June 2019 Barnett had a history of listening to Thomas and Linda’s relationship play out. USA Today, "Alaska is considered the deadliest state for women. A staggering 59% of women there have experienced violence.," 25 June 2019 That poses a privacy dilemma that is playing out on a daily basis, as health tech companies compile more data on their customers. STAT, "What if AI in health care is the next asbestos?," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of play out

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of play out was in 1598

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