[ verb ree-pley; noun ree-pley ]
/ verb riˈpleɪ; noun ˈriˌpleɪ /

verb (used with object)

to play again, as a record or tape.


an act or instance of replaying.
a repetition of all or part of a broadcast or of the playing of a phonograph record, videocassette, etc.
a rematch.
Informal. a repetition, recurrence, or reenactment: The recession could be a replay of the Great Depression.

Nearby words

  1. replaceable,
  2. replacement,
  3. replacement therapy,
  4. replant,
  5. replantation,
  6. repleader,
  7. replenish,
  8. replenishment,
  9. replete,
  10. repletely

Origin of replay

First recorded in 1880–85; re- + play Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for replay


noun (ˈriːˌpleɪ)

Also called: action replay television a showing again of a sequence of action, esp of part of a sporting contest immediately after it happens either in slow motion (a slow-motion replay) or at normal speed
a rematch

verb (riːˈpleɪ)

to play again (a record, television sequence, sporting contest, etc)
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Word Origin and History for replay



1862, in sporting jargon, from re- "again" + play (v.). Of recordings, attested from 1917. Related: Replayed; replaying. The noun is from 1895, "a replayed match" (in sports).

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