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 Plan ahead to replay those precious moments over and over again by planting a video recorder somewhere in the room — or even on your body! Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, "15 Best Proposal Ideas for a Fairy-Tale Engagement," 22 Jan. 2021 That constant tick-tock reminds me to fill the final decades with invigorating experiences to bank in my inner black box -- a delightful cache of memories to replay over and over in my mind like a favorite movie. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Memory fades as we age. But it doesn't have to," 5 Jan. 2021 Imagine the boost to the offense if Luke Farrell decided to replay his senior season, and Jeremy Ruckert decided to stick around for his. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Unexpected returns could help Ohio State football — but not save it — in 2021: Buckeye Take," 16 Jan. 2021 With the cult fanbase of other narrative RPG games and the plethora of community guides and walkthroughs cropping up in the weeks since its release, Omori has the promise and replay potential to become a cult classic. Julie Fukunaga, Wired, "Omori Is the Horror RPG of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)," 12 Jan. 2021 To replay what happened, Los Alamitos was applying for a year-long license a little more than a week before it was scheduled to start its new meeting. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Santa Anita ready for signature season," 26 Dec. 2020 All this time at home gave us ample opportunity to try new recipes and replay our favorites, from brothy soups to creamy vegetarian pastas. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appétit, "The 10 Most Popular Healthyish Recipes of 2020," 26 Dec. 2020 The network will replay the concert throughout the holiday season and make the program available on demand on their website. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "The Dallas Symphony Orchestra uses the spirit of celebration to resume beloved musical traditions," 16 Dec. 2020 This year, in lieu of that, the orchestra will use its Adella streaming app to replay the live program from 2018. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra plans online MLK Concert broadcast, reschedules January ‘In Focus’ program," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the replay of fourth down, Townsend shanked a 29-yard kick and the Bucs took over on Kansas City's 38. Eddie Pells, Star Tribune, "Chiefs lose composure and see red amid a sea of yellow," 7 Feb. 2021 Nick Mullens had an apparent touchdown throw to River Cracraft wiped out on replay for San Francisco and then threw an interception to Raven Greene after backup left tackle Justin Skule got beat for a pressure from Preston Smith. oregonlive, "Aaron Rodgers’ 4 TD passes powers the Green Bay Packers to an easy win over the San Francisco 49ers: Recap, score, stats and more," 6 Nov. 2020 But the goal was disallowed when replay determined Rantanen interfered with Petersen in the crease. Joe Reedy, Star Tribune, "MacKinnon reaches 500 points as Avalanche top Kings 3-2," 20 Jan. 2021 Frank Capra’s classic often gets a ton of replay around the holidays, but it’s the kind of heartwarmer that works all year long. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on Amazon Prime Right Now," 16 Jan. 2021 Refs called targeting on the redshirt sophomore, who was ejected after replay upheld the call. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utes defense is even better than Kyle Whittingham expected," 7 Dec. 2020 Gregory will take part in his third Thanksgiving game as a coach Thursday, when the Lions (4-6) host the Houston Texans (3-7) at Ford Field, and Butt Fumble highlights are bound to make their way onto the day’s replay loop. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Being the 'Butt Fumble guy': Detroit Lions' connection to memorable Thanksgiving blunder," 25 Nov. 2020 But because New York’s offense moved quicker than the replay process, the Jets kept possession unchallenged and scored a touchdown five plays later. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Coach Anthony Lynn lays it on line after Chargers ran into Jets’ brick wall," 23 Nov. 2020 The replay official overturned the call, however, and UW paid the price. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Northwestern 17, Wisconsin 7: Wildcats' defense dominates short-handed Badgers," 21 Nov. 2020

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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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“Replay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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