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[noun in-ter-pley; verb in-ter-pley, in-ter-pley]
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  1. reciprocal relationship, action, or influence: the interplay of plot and character.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to exert influence on each other.
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Origin of interplay

First recorded in 1860–65; inter- + play
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Related Words for interplay

give-and-take, transaction, exchange, coaction, mesh, reciprocation, teamwork, reciprocity, networking

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Contemporary Examples of interplay

Historical Examples of interplay

  • 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


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


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

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