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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That could include allowing the use to replay to determine if the ball went in the basket. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "NBA denies Rockets' protest of loss to Spurs," 9 Dec. 2019 Houston’s goal is for Tuesday’s game to be replayed from the moment of James Harden‘s uncounted dunk with 7:50 left in regulation, with the Rockets up by the 15-point margin that the dunk would have given them. Ben Dubose, Rockets Wire, "Rockets protest loss at San Antonio for misapplication of rules," 5 Dec. 2019 There are historical examples of the NBA forcing teams to replay part of a game after a protest. Mike Finger,, "Houston Rockets’ protest leaves NBA with only one real option," 5 Dec. 2019 To replay a loop of his interviews from Amazon’s quarter century of existence is to listen to him retell the same unrevealing anecdotes over and over. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "Jeff Bezos’s Master Plan," 10 Oct. 2019 Two men get to replay a high-school football game 16 years after one dropped the other’s touchdown pass. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Photos and videos can be set to allow content to be replayed or viewed only once. Fortune, "Instagram’s New Messaging App Can Use Your Phone’s Sensors To Auto-Update Your Status," 3 Oct. 2019 All may be played with multiplayer functionality where applicable, and there’s even a Rewind feature that lets fans turn back time to replay certain sections that will be available at launch. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Nintendo Fan Than Now," 5 Sep. 2019 Players will need to replay maps to earn stones that level up Kagachi and his Daemons. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: A critical disconnect hamstrings potential of ‘Oninaki’," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And tear down those useless replay centers in all the major sports. Bruce Jenkins,, "Wake up, NFL: The XFL has some better ideas," 9 Jan. 2020 Bester was stopped for a 1-yard gain, and officials ruled it a fumble after instant-replay review. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Louisiana rolls past Miami of Ohio in LendingTree Bowl, 27-17," 6 Jan. 2020 While the instant-replay system is used to adjudicate... Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "English Soccer Can’t Stop Talking About Armpits," 1 Jan. 2020 Miami padded its lead in the seventh after a crucial replay challenge. Jake Seiner,, "Alfaro homers twice off Matz as Mets’ playoff hopes fade," 24 Sep. 2019 Those represent Cincinnati’s only two turnovers in the game (a replay review overturned what would've been the Bengals' third interception). Tyler Dragon,, "What we learned: Cincinnati Bengals drop to 1-12 after loss to Cleveland Browns," 8 Dec. 2019 He was initially ruled out, but the call was overturned by a replay review. Andrew Seligman, Houston Chronicle, "Micthell Trubisky helps Bears beat Cowboys," 5 Dec. 2019 He was initially ruled out, but the call was overturned by a replay review. oregonlive, "Chicago Bears hand the Dallas Cowboys their third straight loss: Recap, score, stats and more," 5 Dec. 2019 The game had just been delayed for a lengthy replay review that upheld an out call on Trea Turner, who was ruled to have interfered with a throw to first base by running outside the runner’s lane. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "He Won the World Series? Anthony Rendon Is Still Nonchalant," 31 Oct. 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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The first known use of replay was circa 1635

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19 Jan 2020

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“Replay.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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How to pronounce replay (audio)

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.)


How to pronounce replay (audio)

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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