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
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 For Republicans, who lost six seats Tuesday on top of 15 that slipped away in 2017, the minority leader contest plays out under a cloud: A party that just four years ago enjoyed a 66-seat majority will have just 45 come January. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Virginia Democrats are on to the next election — for House Speaker," 8 Nov. 2019 Over Yet’ Fans will get to see this all play out on season 10 of RHONJ, which premiered on Wednesday night. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Watch Bravo's First Clip of RHONJ Star Teresa and Joe Giudice's Italy Special," 7 Nov. 2019 Of course, that could all change in the coming weeks as the impeachment hearings become public and play out live on cable news. NBC News, "How worried should a Trump-district Democrat be about impeachment?," 4 Nov. 2019 Had Maryland hit scored on either of its two red-zone drives, the game might've played out differently. Orion Sang, USA TODAY, "No. 15 Michigan keeps momentum going with easy defeat at Maryland," 2 Nov. 2019 Dobie has clinched a second consecutive state playoff berth, anxiously awaiting mid-November and South Houston is playing out the string. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Dobie, South Houston square off for 51st time Friday night," 31 Oct. 2019 Brahms came in for Kim, and the sophomore played out the rest of the game for Auburn. Giana Han, al, "Nick Brahms, Kaleb Kim have opportunity to start against Ole Miss," 29 Oct. 2019 Market pricing now also reflects expectations of how the political struggle over open-ended QE will play out. The Economist, "Can central bankers talk too much?," 24 Oct. 2019 Players occasionally gamble and play out their fourth year in the hopes of commanding lucrative offer sheets from other teams. Mike Singer, The Denver Post, "Nuggets in talks with Malik Beasley, agent Rich Paul about early extension, source says," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of play out

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of play out was in 1598

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