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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lawmakers asked Bray to replay the video and pause on the fast-moving object, which was difficult given its speed. Shane Harris, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2022 Musk has previously claimed that Neuralink’s technology could eventually be used to augment humans, potentially enabling people to store and replay their memories like watching videos on computers. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 17 Mar. 2022 The video will be updated only at the end of each half-inning and players can go back and replay, but may not see content during a half-inning in progress. Ronald Blum,, 5 Apr. 2022 The video will be updated only at the end of each half-inning and players can go back and replay, but may not see content during a half-inning in progress. oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2022 Polls see Macron about 10 percentage points ahead of far-right contender Marine Le Pen, placing them both in a position to reach the runoff and replay the 2017 election. Sylvie Corbet, ajc, 17 Mar. 2022 Viewers can replay quizzes to get the right answers and accumulate points. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 3 Mar. 2022 The brain may be active 30 seconds even after the heart stops, possibly to replay memories while crossing the bridge to death. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 8 Mar. 2022 And when someone falls, the systems detect that the ascent is over and automatically replay the climb on a nearby screen. Lauren Steele, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2014 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented live at 9 p.m. ET (replay at 9 p.m. PDT) on June 24 on CBS and streamed on Paramount+. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 May 2022 Peacock has held the official broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest for the U.S. since 2019, and it’s been confirmed that the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest will air live (and on-demand replay) on Peacock once again. Sage Anderson, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 If Trump runs for president again, Biden will be set up for a replay of his negative message from 2020. Damon Linker, The Week, 12 Apr. 2022 Click the large image above for the complete replay, and read on for the highlights along with relevant resources throughout from Quartz and elsewhere to help you on your workplace mental health journey. Heather Landy, Quartz, 3 Mar. 2022 By Thursday, recent Celtics games were marked as unavailable for replay through Tencent, the Chinese internet giant that has partnered with the N.B.A. to stream its games in the country. New York Times, 21 Oct. 2021 Most events will stream live and then be available for on-demand replay, allowing ticket holders to attend from anywhere in the world. The New Yorker, 14 Sep. 2021 Bregman scored on what was first ruled a double-play grounder, but the replay review showed Yuli Gurriel beat the throw at first. Lary Bump, Chron, 26 Apr. 2022 The Reds lost their replay review challenge about whether the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Voit initiated an avoidable collision. Bobby Nightengale, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Replay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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