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

Schuck and Niv plan to use their brain-analysis technique to explore how planning tasks may be related to replay. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Our Brain Uses a Not-So-Instant Replay to Make Decisions," 27 June 2019 James also replayed a clip of Almena speaking to a local television reporter prior to the trial, offering Almena’s own words as testimony against the defendant. Megan Cassidy,, "Ghost Ship: Jury weighs fate of defendants in deadly warehouse fire trial," 31 July 2019 Fans who miss any of the live action can replay the content from previous days until Monday (Aug. 5). Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Pickathon Festival Announces Live All-Access Streaming Pass," 30 July 2019 O’Leary included mini-dance sequences in the play as a clever coping mechanism so the cast could temporarily de-stress from replaying racial humiliations, and from painful emotions that arise during performances. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "‘Citizen’ challenges actors, Seattle audiences to examine everyday racism," 26 July 2019 Meanwhile, Mary Ellen’s romancing a neighbor boy named Bob (Michael Cimino), a wacky subplot that could’ve been in one of those old telefilms Disney would replay every October. Darren Franich,, "Annabelle Comes Home pushes the Conjuring universe toward absurdity: EW review," 24 June 2019 If Iran starts sinking ships or attacking U.S. assets, Trump can simply replay the ISIS strategy of selective off-and-on bombing. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "U.S. Holds All the Cards in the Showdown with Iran," 20 June 2019 If Iran starts sinking ships or attacking U.S. assets, Trump can simply replay the ISIS strategy of selective off-and-on bombing. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: U.S. holds all the cards in showdown with Iran," 20 June 2019 Speaking for 80 minutes at an Orlando, Florida rally Tuesday, Trump again replayed 2016’s greatest hits. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Trump’s Kick-Off Rally Showcases What the President Does Best," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The first airing drew 10.7 million viewers, and its replay (Sept. 2, 2009) still pulled in an admirable 4.1 million. Jason Scott, Billboard, "'Glee' at 10: Stars Look Back on the Culture-Shifting Show's Runaway Success," 3 Sep. 2019 Couch suffered two sacks over the next four plays to set up second-and-17 from the Titans 31, and then third-and-11 after a Mark Campbell catch survived another replay. Rich Exner,, "Cleveland Browns thrilling 2002 OT win over Tennessee Titans: Browns flashback," 3 Sep. 2019 Bryan had successfully challenged the line judge's decision after replays on the big screen showed the ball had landed narrowly behind the baseline. Ben Church, CNN, "US tennis star fined for pretending to shoot line judge with racket," 2 Sep. 2019 The replay plays in a small window in the upper right corner of the screen, and the virtual diagram of the play animates along with the video. David Kravets, Ars Technica, "How the NFL—not the NSA—is impacting data gathering well beyond the gridiron," 1 Sep. 2019 The finish was agonizingly close, and then the replay all but proved that Two Thirty Five triumphed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Day in the life of a groom on the Del Mar backstretch," 24 Aug. 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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