play with

Definition of play with

  1. 1 :  to move or handle (something) with one's hands or fingers often without thinking Stop playing with that pen and pay attention to what I'm saying.

  2. 2 :  to handle, change, or deal with (something) in a careless way I played with the radio for a while but couldn't get it to work. It's important to teach your children not to play with guns/fire/matches. Don't play with my heart/emotions. You have to take this seriously. You're playing with people's lives!

  3. 3 :  to think about (something) briefly and not very seriously I played with the idea of moving to Chicago but ended up staying in New York.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  swordplay

    :  game, sport

    :  the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. :  to engage in sport or recreation :  frolic

    :  to have sexual relations

    :  to move aimlessly about :  trifle

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