Play in a sentence

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Definition of Play

  • To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot.
  • To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.
  • To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes.
  • To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute.
  • To act; to behave; to practice deception.
  • To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain plays.
  • To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.
  • To act on the stage; to personate a character.
  • To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump.
  • To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.
  • To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin.
  • To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play tricks.
  • To act or perform (a play); to represent in music action; as, to play a comedy; also, to act in the character of; to represent by acting; to simulate; to behave like; as, to play King Lear; to play the woman.
  • To engage in, or go together with, as a contest for amusement or for a wager or prize; as, to play a game at baseball.
  • To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.
  • Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.
  • Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game.
  • The act or practice of contending for victory, amusement, or a prize, as at dice, cards, or billiards; gaming; as, to lose a fortune in play.
  • Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit.
  • A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action.
  • The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play.
  • Performance on an instrument of music.
  • Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action.
  • Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth.
  • the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
  • the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)
  • activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
  • (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
  • gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  • a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
  • a preset plan of action in team sports
  • an attempt to get something
  • utilization or exercise
  • movement or space for movement
  • verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
  • a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
  • a theatrical performance of a drama
  • a weak and tremulous light
  • the removal of constraints
  • a state in which action is feasible
  • (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
  • engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
  • pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
  • exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
  • consider not very seriously
  • participate in games or sport
  • contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
  • employ in a game or in a specific position
  • use or move
  • shoot or hit in a particular manner
  • bet or wager (money)
  • put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
  • stake on the outcome of an issue
  • make bets
  • use to one's advantage
  • discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
  • manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
  • cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
  • perform on a certain location
  • be performed or presented for public viewing
  • cause to emit recorded audio or video
  • emit recorded sound
  • play a role or part
  • perform on a stage or theater
  • pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
  • replay (as a melody)
  • play on an instrument
  • perform music on (a musical instrument)
  • move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
  • cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
  • act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome
  • engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
  • be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
  • behave carelessly or indifferently
  • behave in a certain way
  • be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way

How to use play in a sentence. Play pronunciation.

He was now set to see what sort of match this intellect could play, when faced by the inherent contradictions present in all truths or the solutions of all problems.
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He could shrug his shoulders and play with his beads, and urbanely explain his own helplessness and ineligibility when his influence was summoned, or it was sought to entangle him in warring interests.
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He had yet some cards to play, and Achmet and Higli-and another very high and great-might be delivered over to Kaid's deadly purposes rather than himself tomorrow.
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If there was foul play, why make things worse by sending another life after the life gone, even in the way of justice?
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He stresses the brazenness of the players in presenting, soon after the devastating storm of the night of November 26-27, 1703, two plays, 'Macbeth' and 'The Tempest', "as if they design'd to Mock the Almighty Power of God, _who alone commands the Winds and the Seas_." ('Macbeth' was acted at Drury Lane on Saturday, November 27, as the storm was subsiding, but, because it was advertised in the 'Daily Courant' on Friday, November 26, for the following evening, it would appear that, unless the players possessed the even more formidable power of foreseeing the storm, their presentation of 'Macbeth' at that time was pure coincidence.
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For example, he reviews the indictments of the players in 1699 and 1701 for uttering profane remarks upon the stage, and he culls from several plays and prints the licentious expressions which had resulted in the indictments.
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Like Jeremy Collier before him and Arthur Bedford in 'The Evil and Danger of Stage-Plays' later (1706), he adds similar expressions from plays recently acted, as proof, presumably, of the failure of the theaters to reform themselves in spite of the publicity previously given to their shortcomings.
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In so doing, he damns the stage and plays by excerpts, usually brief ones, containing objectionable phrases.
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The questions again stress the great difficulty involved in attending plays and remaining truly good Christians.
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The abominable obscene Expressions which so frequently occur in our Plays, as if the principal Design of them was to gratifie the lewd and vicious part of the Audience, and to corrupt the virtuously dispos'd, are in this black Collection wholly omitted; lest thereby fresh Poison should be administred instead of an Antidote.
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If I should play the Wife and Cuckold him.
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The following Expressions are transcribed out of the Plays that have been Acted and Printed since they were Indicted for the horrid Passages above-recited.
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And for our handsom Persons, they become a Box at the Play, as well as a Pew in the Church.
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In the Play call'd, 'Vice Reclaim'd', &c.
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In the Play called, 'Marry or do Worse, 1704'.
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It must be again remembred, that the detestable lewd Expressions contained in the abovementioned Plays, which seem to be the most pernicious part of our Comedies, are not here recited, least they should debauch the Minds and corrupt the Manners of the Reader, and do the same Mischief, in some degree, as they do in the greatest when used upon the Stage, tho' mentioned with never so great Indignation.
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And it must be likewise taken notice of, that these Instances of the prophane Language of Plays, which the good Christian will read with Horror, would not have been put together, and laid before the World, had not the Incorrigibleness of the Players made it necessary for the Ends abovementioned.
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Can Persons who often spend their Time and Money to see Plays, be suppos'd to be displeas'd with, and to have a due Indignation at, the Hearing the Outrages beforementioned, which so often occur in them, and of which there is a dismal Specimen laid before the World in this Paper? III.
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Can Persons who know 'tis generally allowed, that the Infidelity and Looseness of the Age is very much owing to the Play-Houses; who have observed, that the Zeal of particular Persons have decreased, and their Strictness of Life abated, by their going to Plays; and do think that the Gospel obliges them to discourage, by their Reproof and Example, Sin in their Neighbours, to endeavour, according to their Advantages and Opportunities, to further their spiritual Welfare, and to be _Lights_ to lead others in their Duty and Way to Heaven?
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Can it be denied, but that the going of a few sober Persons, tho' but once a Year, to see a Play, that they think less offensive and dangerous, does encourage many others to go frequently to Plays, and to those that are more abominably loose and prophane; who might never go at all to them, if none frequented them but such as were entirely abandoned to Shame as well as Vice? VII.
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Examples of Play

Example #1
He had seen enough to-night to make him sure that Kaid had once more got the idea of making a European his confidant and adviser; to introduce to his court one of those mad Englishmen who cared nothing for gold-only for power; who loved administration for the sake of administration and the foolish joy of labour.
Example #2
He was sitting beside David, and though he asked the question casually, and with apparent intention only of keeping talk going, there was a lurking inquisition in his eye.
Example #3
Mahomet was a prophet and Christ was a prophet.
Example #4
He had had his great fight for place and power, alien as he was in religion, though he had lived in Egypt since a child.
Example #5
What he knew Kaid did not know.
Example #6
There was a crisis in the Soudan, there was trouble in the army, there was dark conspiracy of which he knew the heart, and anything might happen to-morrow!