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interplay

[noun in-ter-pley; verb in-ter-pley, in-ter-pley] /noun ˈɪn tərˌpleɪ; verb ˌɪn tərˈpleɪ, ˈɪn tərˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
reciprocal relationship, action, or influence:
the interplay of plot and character.
verb (used without object)
2.
to exert influence on each other.
Origin of interplay
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; inter- + play
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  • And the interplay of the two might, had Germany held aloof, have led to a compromise.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • She was the one and he was the other, and there was an interplay of forces between them.

  • Who suffered most during this five minutes in hell, in this interplay of feelings?

    Zones of the Spirit August Strindberg
  • Head and hands best co-operate in this interplay of services.

    Concord Days A. Bronson Alcott
  • The play and interplay of force and matter we call "evolution."

British Dictionary definitions for interplay

interplay

/ˈɪntəˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
reciprocal and mutual action and reaction, as in circumstances, events, or personal relations
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Word Origin and History for interplay
n.

1862, from inter- + play. "Reciprocal play," thus "free interaction."

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