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re·​play (ˌ)rē-ˈplā How to pronounce replay (audio)
replayed; replaying; replays

transitive verb

: to play again or over


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re·​play ˈrē-ˌplā How to pronounce replay (audio)
plural replays
: an act or instance of replaying
… the overbearing demands of the world's television schedules mean that when a game is tied it's no longer possible to take it to a replay.Pete Davies
: the playing of a video that was previously recorded or broadcast
Find all the scores, stats, live stream replays and complete area coverage here.The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
see also action replay, instant replay
: repetition, reenactment
don't want a replay of our old mistakes
… supported massive infusions of money to save the world economy from a replay of the Depression.David Von Drehle
Their play is a replay, in fantasy, of their own experiences and the feeling they evoke.Penelope Leach

Examples of replay in a Sentence

Verb The tied game will be replayed on Saturday. The game's highlights were replayed on the evening news. The footage has been played and replayed on television. Noun They scheduled the replay for Saturday. You could see the fumble on the replay.
Recent Examples on the Web
That said, the service failed some basic password manager tasks, including capturing and replaying credentials with ease, providing diverse forms of multi-factor authentication, allowing password list imports from competitors, and letting users customize password-generation rules on all platforms. PCMAG, 18 Jan. 2024 So instead of replaying that ugly moment in your head over (and over) again, here’s a more productive way to cope: Reframe your freak-out as a learning experience. Jenna Ryu, SELF, 4 Jan. 2024 The Kids in the Hall and Tompkins shows will only stream live; the others will be available to replay for 48 hours. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 18 Jan. 2024 Catch the games live, or use fubo’s replay feature to replay nearly any game, show or movie that aired over the past three days. Tim Chan, Variety, 3 Jan. 2024 Following its premiere, No Place Like Home: A VR Concert will be available to replay through Jan. 25 in Meta Horizon Worlds. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 2 Jan. 2024 Customers with iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max can capture spatial video and replay them on Vision Pro. Todd Spangler, Variety, 8 Jan. 2024 After its premiere, No Place Like Home will be available to replay on Meta Horizon Worlds through Jan. 25. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 3 Jan. 2024 Plenty of time to stare wistfully out the window and replay the exact moment of my most recent rejection to the mournful melodies of Caroline Polachek. Audra Heinrichs, Vogue, 6 Dec. 2023
Music is an inextricable part of sporting events, from the anthems played (and sung by fans) during the big game to those soundtracking replays on television broadcasts. Taylor Mims, Billboard, 15 Feb. 2024 Umaña endows Victoria with a fiery dignity that doesn’t need the replay of her fraught last days in office. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Two days after losing the Super Bowl 25-22 in overtime, none of Bosa, Purdy or Kyle Shanahan had watched a replay of that heartbreaker. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 The network rebroadcast the images of Sherman being trampled, looping the scene like a sports replay. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 12 Feb. 2024 The event will be archived and available for replay on the Company's website. Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 Indeed, replays showed Shai Gilgeous-Alexander caught Edwards on the elbow during his dunk, and the infraction went uncalled. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 30 Jan. 2024 To hear the replay, please dial (877) 660-6853 and use playback conference number 13742735. Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 In a replay of this week’s storm, most Bay Area residents will be see 2 to 3 inches of rain from late Saturday night until Monday morning, with 4 to 6 inches or more dumping on the Santa Cruz Mountains, North Bay hills and Big Sur. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1635, in the meaning defined above


1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of replay was circa 1635

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“Replay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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