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Play vs. Game

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Playverb

(intransitive) To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation or entertainment.

‘They played long and hard.’;

Gamenoun

A playful or competitive activity.

Playverb

To perform in (a sport); to participate in (a game).

‘He plays on three teams.’; ‘Who's playing now?’; ‘play football;’; ‘play sports;’; ‘play games’;

Gamenoun

A playful activity that may be unstructured; an amusement or pastime.

‘Being a child is all fun and games.’;

Playverb

(transitive) To compete against, in a game.

‘We're playing one of the top teams in the next round.’;

Gamenoun

(countable) An activity described by a set of rules, especially for the purpose of entertainment, often competitive or having an explicit goal.

‘Games in the classroom can make learning fun.’;

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Playverb

(transitive) (in the scoring of games and sports) To be the opposing score to.

‘Look at the score now ... 23 plays 8!’;

Gamenoun

(countable) A particular instance of playing a game; match.

‘Sally won the game.’; ‘They can turn the game around in the second half.’;

Playverb

(intransitive) To take part in amorous activity; to make love, fornicate; to have sex.

Gamenoun

That which is gained, such as the stake in a game.

Playverb

(transitive) To act as the indicated role, especially in a performance.

‘He plays the King, and she's the Queen.’; ‘No part of the brain plays the role of permanent memory.’;

Gamenoun

The number of points necessary to win a game.

‘In short whist, five points are game.’;

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Playverb

To produce music or theatre.

Gamenoun

(card games) In some games, a point awarded to the player whose cards add up to the largest sum.

Playverb

To produce music.

Gamenoun

(countable) The equipment that enables such activity, particularly as packaged under a title.

‘Some of the games in the closet we have on the computer as well.’;

Playverb

To produce music using a musical instrument.

‘I've practiced the piano off and on, but I still can't play very well.’;

Gamenoun

One's manner, style, or performance in playing a game.

‘Study can help your game of chess.’; ‘Hit the gym if you want to toughen up your game.’;

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Playverb

To produce music (or a specified song or musical style) using (a specified musical instrument).

‘I'll play the piano and you sing.’; ‘Can you play an instrument?’; ‘We especially like to play jazz together.’; ‘Play a song for me.’; ‘Do you know how to play Für Elise?’; ‘My son thinks he can play music.’;

Gamenoun

An amorous dalliance.

Playverb

To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording.

‘You can play the DVD now.’;

Gamenoun

(countable) A video game.

Playverb

To be performed; to be shown.

‘His latest film is playing in the local theatre tomorrow.’;

Gamenoun

A field of gainful activity, as an industry or profession.

‘When it comes to making sales, John is the best in the game.’; ‘He's in the securities game somehow.’;

Playverb

To perform in or at; to give performances in or at.

Gamenoun

Something that resembles a game with rules, despite not being designed.

‘In the game of life, you may find yourself playing the waiting game far too often.’;

Playverb

(transitive) To act or perform (a play).

‘to play a comedy’;

Gamenoun

An exercise simulating warfare, whether computerized or involving human participants.

Playverb

(heading) To behave in a particular way.

Gamenoun

(uncountable) Wild animals hunted for food.

‘The forest has plenty of game.’;

Playverb

(copulative) Contrary to fact, to give an appearance of being.

Gamenoun

The ability to seduce someone, usually by strategy.

‘He didn't get anywhere with her because he had no game.’;

Playverb

(intransitive) To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.

Gamenoun

Mastery; the ability to excel at something.

Playverb

(intransitive) To act; to behave; to practice deception.

Gamenoun

(countable) A questionable or unethical practice in pursuit of a goal; a scheme.

‘You want to borrow my credit card for a week? What's your game?’;

Playverb

(transitive) To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute.

‘to play tricks’;

Gameadjective

(colloquial) Willing to participate.

Playverb

To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate.

‘The fountain plays.’; ‘He played the torch beam around the room.’;

Gameadjective

(of an animal) That shows a tendency to continue to fight against another animal, despite being wounded, often severely.

Playverb

(intransitive) To move gaily; to disport.

Gameadjective

Persistent, especially in senses similar to the above.

Playverb

(transitive) To put in action or motion.

‘to play cannon upon a fortification;’; ‘to play a trump in a card game’;

Gameadjective

Injured, lame (of a limb).

Playverb

(transitive) To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.

Gameverb

(intransitive) To gamble.

Playverb

To manipulate, deceive, or swindle someone.

‘You played me!’;

Gameverb

(intransitive) To play video games.

Playnoun

Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.

‘Children learn through play.’;

Gameverb

(transitive) To exploit loopholes in a system or bureaucracy in a way which defeats or nullifies the spirit of the rules in effect, usually to obtain a result which otherwise would be unobtainable.

‘We'll bury them in paperwork, and game the system.’;

Playnoun

(uncountable) Similar activity in young animals, as they explore their environment and learn new skills.

‘This kind of play helps the young lion cubs develop their hunting skills.’;

Gameverb

To perform premeditated seduction strategy.

Playnoun

"Repeated, incompletely functional behavior differing from more serious versions ..., and initiated voluntarily when ... in a low-stress setting."

Gameadjective

Crooked; lame; as, a game leg.

Playnoun

(uncountable) The conduct, or course, of a game.

‘Play was very slow in the first half.’; ‘After the rain break, play resumed at 3 o'clock.’;

Gameadjective

Having a resolute, unyielding spirit, like the gamecock; ready to fight to the last; plucky.

‘I was game . . . .I felt that I could have fought even to the death.’;

Playnoun

(uncountable) An individual's performance in a sport or game.

‘His play has improved a lot this season.’;

Gameadjective

Of or pertaining to such animals as are hunted for game, or to the act or practice of hunting.

Playnoun

(countable) A short sequence of action within a game.

‘That was a great play by the Mudchester Rovers forward.’;

Gamenoun

Sport of any kind; jest, frolic.

‘We have had pastimes here, and pleasant game.’;

Playnoun

An action carried out when it is one's turn to play.

Gamenoun

A contest, physical or mental, according to certain rules, for amusement, recreation, or for winning a stake; as, a game of chance; games of skill; field games, etc.

‘But war's a game, which, were their subject wise,Kings would not play at.’;

Playnoun

(countable) A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue.

‘This book contains all of Shakespeare's plays.’;

Gamenoun

The use or practice of such a game; a single match at play; a single contest; as, a game at cards.

‘Talk the game o'er between the deal.’;

Playnoun

(countable) A theatrical performance featuring actors.

‘We saw a two-act play in the theatre.’;

Gamenoun

That which is gained, as the stake in a game; also, the number of points necessary to be scored in order to win a game; as, in short whist five points are game.

Playnoun

(countable) A major move by a business or investor.

‘ABC Widgets makes a play in the bicycle market with its bid to take over Acme Sprockets.’;

Gamenoun

In some games, a point credited on the score to the player whose cards counts up the highest.

Playnoun

(countable) A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.

Gamenoun

A scheme or art employed in the pursuit of an object or purpose; method of procedure; projected line of operations; plan; project.

‘Your murderous game is nearly up.’; ‘It was obviously Lord Macaulay's game to blacken the greatest literary champion of the cause he had set himself to attack.’;

Playnoun

(uncountable) The extent to which a part of a mechanism can move freely.

‘No wonder the fanbelt is slipping: there’s too much play in it.’; ‘Too much play in a steering wheel may be dangerous.’;

Gamenoun

Animals pursued and taken by sportsmen; wild meats designed for, or served at, table.

‘Those species of animals . . . distinguished from the rest by the well-known appellation of game.’;

Playnoun

Sexual activity or sexual role-playing.

Gameverb

To rejoice; to be pleased; - often used, in Old English, impersonally with dative.

‘God loved he best with all his whole hearteAt alle times, though him gamed or smarte.’;

Playnoun

(countable) A button that, when pressed, causes media to be played.

Gameverb

To play at any sport or diversion.

Playnoun

Activity relating to martial combat or fighting.

Gameverb

To play for a stake or prize; to use cards, dice, billiards, or other instruments, according to certain rules, with a view to win money or some other thing waged upon the issue of the contest; to gamble.

Playverb

To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot.

‘As Cannace was playing in her walk.’; ‘The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day,Had he thy reason, would he skip and play!’; ‘And some, the darlings of their Lord,Play smiling with the flame and sword.’;

Gamenoun

a single play of a game;

‘the game lasted 2 hours’;

Playverb

To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.

‘"Nay," quod this monk, "I have no lust to pleye."’; ‘Men are apt to play with their healths.’;

Gamenoun

a contest with rules to determine a winner;

‘you need four people to play this game’;

Playverb

To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes.

Gamenoun

an amusement or pastime;

‘they played word games’; ‘he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time’; ‘his life was all fun and games’;

Playverb

To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute.

‘One that . . . can play well on an instrument.’; ‘Play, my friend, and charm the charmer.’;

Gamenoun

animal hunted for food or sport

Playverb

To act; to behave; to practice deception.

‘His mother played false with a smith.’;

Gamenoun

the game equipment needed to play a game;

‘the child received several games for his birthday’;

Playverb

To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain plays.

‘The heart beats, the blood circulates, the lungs play.’;

Gamenoun

your occupation or line of work;

‘he's in the plumbing game’; ‘she's in show biz’;

Playverb

To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.

‘Even as the waving sedges play with wind.’; ‘The setting sunPlays on their shining arms and burnished helmets.’; ‘All fame is foreign but of true desert,Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart.’;

Gamenoun

(games) the score at a particular point or the score needed to win;

‘the game is 6 all’; ‘he is serving for the game’;

Playverb

To act on the stage; to personate a character.

‘A lord will hear your play to-night.’; ‘Courts are theaters where some men play.’; ‘Art thou alive?Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight.’;

Gamenoun

the flesh of wild animals that is used for food

Playverb

To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump.

‘First Peace and Silence all disputes control,Then Order plays the soul.’;

Gamenoun

a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal);

‘they concocted a plot to discredit the governor’; ‘I saw through his little game from the start’;

Playverb

To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.

Gamenoun

frivolous or trifling behavior;

‘for actors, memorizing lines is no game’; ‘for him, life is all fun and games’;

Playverb

To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin.

Gameverb

place a bet on;

‘Which horse are you backing?’; ‘I'm betting on the new horse’;

Playverb

To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play tricks.

‘Nature hereWantoned as in her prime, and played at willHer virgin fancies.’;

Gameadjective

disabled in the feet or legs;

‘a crippled soldier’; ‘a game leg’;

Playverb

To act or perform (a play); to represent in music action; as, to play a comedy; also, to act in the character of; to represent by acting; to simulate; to behave like; as, to play King Lear; to play the woman.

‘Thou canst play the rational if thou wilt.’;

Gameadjective

willing to face danger

Playverb

To engage in, or go together with, as a contest for amusement or for a wager or prize; as, to play a game at baseball.

Game

A game is a structured form of play, usually undertaken for entertainment or fun, and sometimes used as an educational tool. Games are distinct from work, which is usually carried out for remuneration, and from art, which is more often an expression of aesthetic or ideological elements.

Playverb

To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.

Playnoun

Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.

Playnoun

Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game.

‘John naturally loved rough play.’;

Playnoun

The act or practice of contending for victory, amusement, or a prize, as at dice, cards, or billiards; gaming; as, to lose a fortune in play.

Playnoun

Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit.

Playnoun

A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action.

‘A play ought to be a just image of human nature.’;

Playnoun

The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play.

Playnoun

Performance on an instrument of music.

Playnoun

Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action.

‘The joints are let exactly into one another, that they have no play between them.’;

Playnoun

Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth.

‘I, with two more to help me,Will hold the foe in play.’;

Playnoun

a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage;

‘he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway’;

Playnoun

a theatrical performance of a drama;

‘the play lasted two hours’;

Playnoun

a preset plan of action in team sports;

‘the coach drew up the plays for her team’;

Playnoun

a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill;

‘he made a great maneuver’; ‘the runner was out on a play by the shortstop’;

Playnoun

a state in which action is feasible;

‘the ball was still in play’; ‘insiders said the company's stock was in play’;

Playnoun

utilization or exercise;

‘the play of the imagination’;

Playnoun

an attempt to get something;

‘they made a futile play for power’; ‘he made a bid to gain attention’;

Playnoun

play by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules;

‘Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child’;

Playnoun

(in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds;

‘rain stopped play in the 4th inning’;

Playnoun

the removal of constraints;

‘he gave free rein to his impulses’; ‘they gave full play to the artist's talent’;

Playnoun

a weak and tremulous light;

‘the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers’; ‘the play of light on the water’;

Playnoun

verbal wit (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously);

‘he became a figure of fun’;

Playnoun

movement or space for movement;

‘there was too much play in the steering wheel’;

Playnoun

gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement;

‘it was all done in play’; ‘their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly’;

Playnoun

the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize);

‘his gambling cost him a fortune’; ‘there was heavy play at the blackjack table’;

Playnoun

the activity of doing something in an agreed succession;

‘it is my turn’; ‘it is still my play’;

Playnoun

the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully

Playverb

participate in games or sport;

‘We played hockey all afternoon’; ‘play cards’; ‘Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches’;

Playverb

act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome;

‘This factor played only a minor part in his decision’; ‘This development played into her hands’; ‘I played no role in your dismissal’;

Playverb

play on an instrument;

‘The band played all night long’;

Playverb

play a role or part;

‘Gielgud played Hamlet’; ‘She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role’; ‘She played the servant to her husband's master’;

Playverb

be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children;

‘The kids were playing outside all day’; ‘I used to play with trucks as a little girl’;

Playverb

replay (as a melody);

‘Play it again, Sam’; ‘She played the third movement very beautifully’;

Playverb

perform music on (a musical instrument);

‘He plays the flute’; ‘Can you play on this old recorder?’;

Playverb

pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind;

‘He acted the idiot’; ‘She plays deaf when the news are bad’;

Playverb

move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly;

‘The spotlights played on the politicians’;

Playverb

bet or wager (money);

‘He played $20 on the new horse’; ‘She plays the races’;

Playverb

engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion;

‘On weekends I play’; ‘The students all recreate alike’;

Playverb

pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity;

‘Let's play like I am mommy’; ‘Play cowboy and Indians’;

Playverb

emit recorded sound;

‘The tape was playing for hours’; ‘the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered’;

Playverb

perform on a certain location;

‘The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16’; ‘She has been playing on Broadway for years’;

Playverb

put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game;

‘He is playing his cards close to his chest’; ‘The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory’;

Playverb

engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously;

‘They played games on their opponents’; ‘play the stockmarket’; ‘play with her feelings’; ‘toy with an idea’;

Playverb

behave in a certain way;

‘play safe’; ‘play it safe’; ‘play fair’;

Playverb

cause to emit recorded sounds;

‘They ran the tapes over and over again’; ‘Can you play my favorite record?’;

Playverb

manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination;

‘She played nervously with her wedding ring’; ‘Don't fiddle with the screws’; ‘He played with the idea of running for the Senate’;

Playverb

use to one's advantage;

‘She plays on her clients' emotions’;

Playverb

consider not very seriously;

‘He is trifling with her’; ‘She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania’;

Playverb

be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way;

‘This speech didn't play well with the American public’; ‘His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee’;

Playverb

behave carelessly or indifferently;

‘Play about with a young girl's affection’;

Playverb

cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space;

‘The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack’;

Playverb

perform on a stage or theater;

‘She acts in this play’; ‘He acted in `Julius Caesar'’; ‘I played in `A Christmas Carol'’;

Playverb

be performed;

‘What's playing in the local movie theater?’; ‘`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years’;

Playverb

cause to happen or to occur as a consequence;

‘I cannot work a miracle’; ‘wreak havoc’; ‘bring comments’; ‘play a joke’; ‘The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area’;

Playverb

discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream;

‘play water from a hose’; ‘The fountains played all day’;

Playverb

make bets;

‘Play the reaces’; ‘play the casinos in Trouville’;

Playverb

stake on the outcome of an issue;

‘I bet $100 on that new horse’; ‘She played all her money on the dark horse’;

Playverb

shoot or hit in a particular manner;

‘She played a good backhand last night’;

Playverb

use or move;

‘I had to play my queen’;

Playverb

employ in a game or in a specific position;

‘They played him on first base’;

Playverb

contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle;

‘Princeton plays Yale this weekend’; ‘Charlie likes to play Mary’;

Playverb

exhaust by allowing to pull on the line;

‘play a hooked fish’;

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