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plays

verb
present tense third-person singular of play

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to engage in activity for amusement
  • told her son that 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
  • 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
  • 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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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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plays

noun
plural of play

Synonyms & Antonyms of plays (Entry 2 of 2)

1 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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2 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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3 a clever often underhanded means to achieve an end
  • the guy at the bar made an unusually creative play to get her phone number

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“Plays.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/plays. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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