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

In three years, if the ACLU’s test is replayed, will the facial recognition companies pass it? Wired, "California Bill Would Halt Facial Recognition on Body Cams," 11 Sep. 2019 The show each day was carried live on Altitude and replayed each evening. John Meyer, The Denver Post, "New Colorado Classic coverage model expanded its TV reach for half the cost," 26 Aug. 2019 To his left was a television screen that replayed the first of his two homers Friday. Julian Mcwilliams,, "J.D. Martinez doesn’t check his stats until the end of the season. On Friday, he made an exception," 24 Aug. 2019 An unpopular thought: Mueller's live congressional testimony will be less significant, ultimately, than the hours of analysis and soundbites that will be devoted to its aftermath, playing and replaying the highlights. Brian Stelter, CNN, "How TV anchors are preparing for the Mueller hearing," 23 July 2019 The half-hour show, which premieres Sept. 9, will air weekdays at 9 a.m. on WOIO and then replayed at 7 p.m. on WUAB Channel 43. Joey Morona,, "Former Browns great Josh Cribbs, wife Maria to host talk show on WOIO Ch. 19 in the fall," 13 June 2019 Football games have also been marred by gruesome injuries, sometimes replayed in slow motion. Noah Smith, Washington Post, "Going dark: Call of Duty esports circuit awaits Activision’s next move," 19 Aug. 2019 At this point, Mr. Brabender said, the goal for all campaigns is the same: to have that one line that gets replayed on cable or that has the potential to go viral. John Mccormick And Tarini Parti, WSJ, "Debate Veterans’ Advice for a Crowded Stage: Be Brief and Ready for Broken Rules," 22 June 2019 Hours after takeoff, peepers were still glued to pixels by the thousands, replaying Hart’s thunderous dunk on mobile devices across the city (now nearly 24,000 views). Aaron Carter,, "Jalen Roberts and JayDoeFilms among many videographers on the Philly high school sports scene," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Machine replays of vapor behaviors show exposure varies over a wide range for any given product. Risa Robinson, CNN, "The way you vape could make it even more dangerous," 16 Sep. 2019 But on an officiating replay, allowed in the final two minutes of a half, the score was disallowed because Cook was called for pass interference. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Late Kirk Cousins interception dooms Vikings in 21-16 loss at Green Bay," 15 Sep. 2019 Machine replays of vapor behaviors show exposure varies over a wide range for any given product. Risa Robinson, The Conversation, "How a person vapes, not just what a person vapes, could also play a big role in vaping harm," 13 Sep. 2019 Stefon Diggs caught a 15-yard pass in the endzone to cut the Packers' lead to 21–17 before replay determined Diggs had committed offensive pass interference, wiping away the points. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Booth Reverses Vikings Touchdown vs. Packers for Offensive Pass Interference," 15 Sep. 2019 Fox color man Troy Aikman said during the slow-motion replay. Los Angeles Times, "Column: How Saints fans rallied after losing to Rams in NFC title game," 14 Sep. 2019 No replay of the injury was shown but the redshirt sophomore was carted off the field shortly after being attended to. Emily Caron,, "Cincinnati Safety Kyriq McDonald Collapses on Field in Freak Injury vs. Ohio State," 7 Sep. 2019 The news magazine replays highlights from some of Kroft’s 500 stories, including those on Chernobyl, Clint Eastwood, Justice Clarence Thomas, Beyoncé and Jerry Seinfeld. Hal Boedeker,, "5 to watch: ’60 Minutes,’ ‘Sunday Night Football,’ ‘Country Music’ concert, Serena, Maher," 6 Sep. 2019 Just as with other in-game instances, the replay booth will initiate any reviews in the final two minutes of both halves and for an entire overtime. Barry Wilner,, "Plenty of story lines for NFL’s 100th season," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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