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a story that is written to be performed by actors, especially in a theatre
a play by Chekhov
Eliot wrote plays as well as poetry.
Edward Bond's play about class war
put on/perform a play
The children put on a play adapted from a Russian folk tale.
things that people, especially children, do for amusement rather than as work
Play is very important to a child's development.
a play area
The program aims to teach road safety through play.
the happy shouts of children at play
the effect or influence of something
the free play of competition in the building industry
There are a number of factors at play
having an effect
in the current recession.
bring/put something into play
use something or make it have an effect
A complex system of muscles is brought into play for each body movement.
Political considerations do
come into play
have an effect
when making policy.
action in a game or sport
the actions of the people who are playing a game or sport
Rain stopped play after only an hour.
one particular action or set of actions during a game
On the next play, Johnson ran fifteen yards for a touchdown.
in play/out of play
if a ball is in play or out of play, it is inside or outside the area in which the rules of the game allow you to hit, kick, catch etc the ball
He kicked the ball out of play.
play on words
a use of a word that is interesting or amusing because it can be understood as having two very different meanings
play of light
patterns made by light as it moves over a surface
the play of light on the water
make a play for something
to make an attempt to gain something
He made a play for the leadership last year.
make a play for somebody
to try to begin a romantic or sexual relationship with someone
It's obvious he was making a play for her.
if there is some play in something, it is loose and can be moved
There's too much play in the rope.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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