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

Definition of replay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to play again or over


re·​play | \ ˈrē-ˌplā How to pronounce replay (audio) \

Definition of replay (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act or instance of replaying
b : the playing of a tape (such as a videotape)
2 : repetition, reenactment don't want a replay of our old mistakes

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Examples of replay in a Sentence


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.


They scheduled the replay for Saturday. You could see the fumble on the replay.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There have been calls to replay the NFC title game, which is never going to happen. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Is This A Stolen Super Bowl? Well…," 27 Jan. 2019 They are built to be played and replayed as the player seeks the perfect, most thrilling, most ridiculous kill. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Hitman 2 review: Accessible stealth oozing with style," 16 Nov. 2018 The coverage will replay at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday and on HLN at 3 p.m. ET/Noon PT. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "How to watch the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle," 16 May 2018 Story missions can be replayed to find previously inaccessible items or simply collect more studs, which can be used to buy more characters. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "LEGO DC Super-Villains," 22 Oct. 2018 In the last two years, the festival has opted to forego an official closing-night film entirely, instead simply replaying the Palme d’Or-winning title after the awards ceremony. Justin Chang,, "Cannes notebook: The wonderful, improbable Palme d'Or triumph of Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Shoplifters'," 21 May 2018 Every 10 minutes or so, a screen on the main stage would replay holograms of Rihanna modeling pieces from the collection in slow motion. Alexa Tietjen | Wwd,, "Rihanna toasts new Savage X Fenty lingerie collection during N.Y. party," 11 May 2018 If the group replayed that strategy, Mr. Scalise could become the favorite. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "A Leader of GOP’s Freedom Caucus Weighs Run for House Speaker," 13 Apr. 2018 There’s no way to replay it, so for the first time, [Weird Al] had to cover my actual instrumental. Billboard, "Producer Duo Play-N-Skillz Break Down Their Biggest Hits for Chamillionaire, Lil Wayne, and More," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

However, after reviewing replays of the challenge, the Salvadoran awarded Sweden a penalty, which captain Andreas Granqvist converted., "Sweden Manager Slams 'Unnecessary' Use of VAR & Poor Finishing After World Cup Win Over South Korea," 19 June 2018 The lawsuit, filed in February, is in many ways a replay of the politically divided litigation that ended with the Supreme Court upholding the health care overhaul in 2012. Mark Sherman,, "Insurers oppose legal challenge to health law," 8 June 2018 SEC Radio will air a replay of The Paul Finebaum Show from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Central each day. Creg Stephenson,, "SiriusXM SEC Radio to launch Monday on satellite network," 1 Mar. 2018 Indeed, the replay showed Marshall lifting his foot off the ground and starting to thrust his leg towards Russell a split second before the ball eventually changes direction after striking the oncoming SKC player. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Inside the referees’ locker room: Hearing directly from officiating crew about Saturday’s controversial red card on Sounders defender Chad Marshall," 4 Sep. 2018 Video replay showed showed that Quaresma had dived, after receiving little contact from his Uruguayan opponent. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Former World Cup referee calls Cristiano Ronaldo 'screaming prima donna'," 2 July 2018 The replay showed Polanco's front foot came off the bag and his back foot never touched it because Villar's foot blocked him. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pirates 1, Brewers 0: Held to just two hits, Brewers shut out for 10th time this season," 18 June 2018 The Rangers believed the replay showed otherwise, and their challenge was successful. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers Reaction: Butterflies accompany Lincecum to Rock Round. Here's why that's a good thing | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 May 2018 The replay showed Badji might have gotten away with a handball on the play anyway. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "After fans greet Tim Howard with boos, Sporting KC beats him once more | The Kansas City Star," 5 May 2018

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First Known Use of replay


circa 1635, in the meaning defined above


1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of replay

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to play (a game) again because there was no winner in a previous game
: to play (recorded images, sounds, etc.)



English Language Learners Definition of replay (Entry 2 of 2)

: a game that is played again because there was no winner in a previous game
: a recording of something (such as an action in a sports event) that is being shown again
: an occurrence in which something happens or is done again

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