play out

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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Examples of play out in a Sentence

we've finally played out the leftovers from that huge holiday meal
Recent Examples on the Web Through war-games and simulations, business schools and consulting firms invent companies or scenarios and then play out what happens as decisions are made. Mark Nevins, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 So, there wasn't a prioritizing of people according to risk, and that is going to be something that is going to play out over the next few days. ABC News, 29 Aug. 2021 Viruses may cause disease in individuals, but pandemics play out in populations. Emily Mendenhall, Scientific American, 26 Aug. 2021 In her caption, Spears expressed her surprise at seeing the social movement advocating for her freedom from the constraints of a conservatorship play out in real life, and also mentioned how there's so much more going on that her fans don't know. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Aug. 2021 But as the Delta variant courses through the United States, Wall Street faces a tough question: Is the recovery really going to play out as companies have expected? Julia Horowitz, CNN, 4 Aug. 2021 As the cast and crew of HBO's The Last of Us settle into their new filming home in Calgary in Alberta, Canada, some new casting has come to light that offers more hints at how the story for season 1 is going to play out. Nick Romano,, 15 July 2021 Still, Gomez said, different factors are in action now, and a repeat of 187’s activism could play out differently at a national level. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 That narrative was never going to play out with Seinfeld, since the number of Hulu subscribers who don’t also have Netflix is much smaller than Netflix subscribers who don’t get Peacock. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of play out

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Play out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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