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[noun in-ter-pley; verb in-ter-pley, in-ter-pley] /noun ˈɪn tərˌpleɪ; verb ˌɪn tərˈpleɪ, ˈɪn tərˌpleɪ/
reciprocal relationship, action, or influence:
the interplay of plot and character.
verb (used without object)
to exert influence on each other.
Origin of interplay
First recorded in 1860-65; inter- + play Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


reciprocal and mutual action and reaction, as in circumstances, events, or personal relations
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for interplay

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

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