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Main Entry: 1play
Pronunciation: primarystressplamacr
Function: noun
1 a : a brisk handling or using <the play of a sword> b : the conduct, course, or action of a game <rain held up play> c : a particular act or maneuver in a game <a great play by the shortstop> d : one's turn in a game <it's your play>
2 a : exercise or activity for amusement <children at play> b : absence of any bad intention <said it in play> c : the act or an instance of playing on words : PUN d : the act of playing a game and risking something on an uncertain event : GAMBLING, GAMING
3 a : a way or manner of acting or proceeding : ACTION, CONDUCT <fair play> b : OPERATION 1, activity c : brisk or light movement <the light play of a breeze> d : freedom of motion <too much play in the steering wheel> e : opportunity for action <the new job gave play to my talents>
4 a : the stage representation of an action or story b : a dramatic composition : DRAMA
- in play : in condition or position to be legitimately played <the ball was in play>
- out of play : not in play


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