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

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 But during the club’s three-goal outing, none will be replayed more than the one from Zusi. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "Sporting KC’s offense on display once more in first home victory of 2018 | The Kansas City Star," 17 Mar. 2018 Lonnie Moore, meanwhile, replayed his last radio conversation with Jason in his head. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 The Warriors will replay those 15-foot turnarounds over Hill for posterity. Lee Jenkins,, "Kevin Durant and the Dagger That Foreshadowed the Broom," 12 June 2018 Duke fans will be replaying the shot in their minds all spring and summer. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Was it karma that Grayson Allen's shot didn't fall for Duke? | The Kansas City Star," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As millions have now seen in a startling replay from Saturday’s Phillies game, pitcher Vince Velasquez has the rare ability to throw with either arm. Tom Avril,, "Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez can throw with either hand. What does that say about his brain?," 3 July 2018 His statement was inaudible to board members seated nearby, but it was picked up by a tabletop microphone and in a video replay. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "New York City Tenants Raise Their Voices as Board Weighs Rent Hike," 24 June 2018 The 33-year-old has made 33 appearances with many of those coming from the bench and has scored just five goals - three of which came in an FA Cup replay against League One’s Rochdale - and is reportedly keen on a return to Spain., "Fernando Llorente Keen on Spain Return After Poor Season at Tottenham as La Liga Duo Show Interest," 18 June 2018 Initially ruled a catch and a double play when Winker threw the ball into the infield, it was overturned after a near-two-minute replay review. Bobby Nightengale,, "Boosted by 11 walks, Cincinnati Reds end their losing streak against St. Louis Cardinals," 10 June 2018 Bregman pointed to his dugout and commanded a replay review. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Squandered opportunities curse Astros in loss to Red Sox," 3 June 2018 After a replay review gave Portland the ball back, backup guard Pat Connaughton took an inbounds pass from under the basket and had a layup attempt until Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday swatted it away from behind with 4.9 seconds remaining. Andrew Greif,, "Cold shooting dooms Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Rapid reaction," 15 Apr. 2018 In the dying minutes, Sweden was awarded a penalty that was overturned on video replay, as it was ruled to be outside the box. The Associated Press, New York Times, "Sweden Makes World Cup Quarterfinals for First Time Since 1994," 5 July 2018 Now, with Mexico heading into the knockout rounds of the tournament, the topic has become as divisive as any in the game, right up there with debates on instant-replay and whether it should be called football or soccer. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Question Dividing U.S. Soccer Fans: Is It OK to Root for Mexico?," 26 June 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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