[ 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.


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Origin of interplay

First recorded in 1860–65; inter- + play Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for interplay

/ (ˈɪntəˌpleɪ) /


reciprocal and mutual action and reaction, as in circumstances, events, or personal relations
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