Idioms for play

Origin of play

before 900; (noun) Middle English pleye, Old English plega; (v.) Middle English pleyen, Old English pleg(i)an (cognate with Middle Dutch pleien to leap for joy, dance, rejoice, be glad)

SYNONYMS FOR play

2 show.
3 diversion, pastime. Play, game, sport refer to forms of diverting activity. Play is the general word for any such form of activity, often undirected, spontaneous, or random: Childhood should be a time for play. Game refers to a recreational contest, mental or physical, usually governed by set rules: a game of chess. Besides referring to an individual contest, game may refer to a pastime as a whole: Golf is a good game. If, however, the pastime is one (usually an outdoor one) depending chiefly on physical strength, though not necessarily a contest, the word sport is applied: Football is a vigorous sport.
18, 19 liberty.
23 enact.
25 personate, impersonate.
30 use.
32 bet.
33 back.
45 sport, frolic, romp, revel.
47 dally.

ANTONYMS FOR play

3, 45 work.

OTHER WORDS FROM play

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British Dictionary definitions for play out (1 of 2)

play out

verb (adverb)

(tr) to finishlet's play the game out if we aren't too late
(tr; often passive) informal to use up or exhaust
(tr) to release graduallyhe played the rope out
(intr) to happen or turn outLet's wait and see how things play out

British Dictionary definitions for play out (2 of 2)

play
/ (pleɪ) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of play

playability, nounplayable, adjective

Word Origin for play

Old English plega (n), plegan (vb); related to Middle Dutch pleyen
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Idioms and Phrases with play out (1 of 2)

play out

1

Finish, run out, as in This extreme fashion will soon play out, or The tension between factions will surely play itself out by next year. [Late 1500s]

2

Unwind, unreel, as in They slowly played out the cable. Also see played out.

Idioms and Phrases with play out (2 of 2)

play

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