[verb ree-pley; noun ree-pley]

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.

Origin of replay

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

Examples from the Web for replay

Contemporary Examples of replay

Historical Examples of replay

  • It was a replay of the old, 11th century, religious fragmentation.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • My replay was, alluding to our fight in the river, "How did N'yamyonjo's men fare?"

  • Senator Crane, a doggedly determined man, had listened to the replay of Brent Taber's top-secret conference again and again.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper