re·​play | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈplā \
replayed; replaying; replays

Definition of replay 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to play again or over


re·​play | \ ˈrē-ˌplā \

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

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 Her face, her name, her words about horrible things done to her, replayed over and over and over in different scenarios on the screen. Tricia Romano, Longreads, "The High Price of Being a #MeToo Whistleblower," 23 May 2018 Anniversaries of Columbia 1968 tend to arrive like a classic rock hit, replayed nostalgically by those who were there. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, "At Columbia, Revisiting the Revolutionary Students of 1968," 21 Mar. 2018 Media stories that condemn Trump’s comment about Gillibrand still replay his original claim which is hard for voters to completely forget. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Have Great Female Presidential Candidates. They Need to Avoid the Victim Trap.," 22 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Even when France snatched the lead back via the first ever penalty kick awarded in a final with the aid of video replay, the Croatians’ spirit didn’t break. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France Wins the World Cup," 15 July 2018 First, there is the issue of which calls deserve the video replay. Alejandro Chacoff, The Atlantic, "Soccer Has No Interest in Fairness," 12 July 2018 The video replay seemed to show that the call should have been reversed, but no one looked at it because foul/fair calls in front of home plate are not reviewable. Peter Schmuck,, "MLB needs to rethink how it handles video review at home plate," 27 June 2018 Meanwhile, development on the game continued on, and Epic launched a new replay editor aimed specifically at streamers and YouTubers like Ninja. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 Tonight's replay will feature an iconic Reagan family dinner hosted by Danny. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Isn't Airing New Episodes Until Next Year—Here's Why," 14 Dec. 2018 My husband likes to show me online clips of baseball replays. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Tested ‘Love Languages’ and 3 Other Relationship Books on My Marriage," 7 Oct. 2018 Without a proper replay system and an overwhelmed production crew frantically trying to catch all the best action, viewers had to deal with a dizzying number of switching camera angles and hard-to-parse commentary. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Epic’s Summer Skirmish series was a beta for the future of competitive Fortnite," 6 Sep. 2018 With no replay allowed for her iconic all-in-one outfit, Williams instead opted for a piece from the Nike, Serena Williams and Virgil Abloh collaboration. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Wore Her Own Nike Queen Collection Dress at the 2018 U.S. Open," 28 Aug. 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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