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play

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2 a written work in which the story is told through speech and action that is intended to be acted out on stage
  • We'll be putting on a school play using that stage.
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3 an attitude or manner not to be taken seriously
  • I didn't mean to insult anyone, for it was all just play.
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4 the act or practice of employing something for a particular purpose
  • The host's sense of humor was obviously in play during the awards ceremony.
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5 a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end
  • made a play for the job
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sleight of hand

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fun, jest, sport, game, play mean action or speech that provides amusement or arouses laughter. fun usually implies laughter or gaiety but may imply merely a lack of serious or ulterior purpose.
    • played cards just for fun
jest implies lack of earnestness and may suggest a hoaxing or teasing.
    • hurt by remarks said only in jest
sport applies especially to the arousing of laughter against someone.
    • teasing begun in sport led to anger
game is close to sport, and often stresses mischievous or malicious fun.
    • made game of their poor relations
play stresses the opposition to earnest without implying any malice or mischief.
    • pretended to strangle his brother in play

play

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1 to engage in activity for amusement
  • He needed some time to run and play in the yard after his hard work.
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2 to present a portrayal or performance of
  • Josh played Hamlet in the campus production of the classic.
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3 to pretend to be (what one is not) in appearance or behavior
  • Stop playing the innocent, because I know that you were behind that prank.
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4 to spend time in aimless activity
  • We just played around while we waited for the bus to arrive.
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5 to deal with (something) usually skillfully or efficiently
  • This is how we're going to play the situation.
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come to grips with, have a grip on

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6 to risk (something) on the outcome of an uncertain event
  • Figuring that she had little to lose, she played her last few bucks on the state lottery.
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