Textual thesaurus for "play"

(noun) swordplay

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

(noun) gambling, gaming

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

(noun) child's play

activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules

Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child

(noun) turn

(game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession

it is my turn; it is still my play

(noun) caper, frolic, gambol, romp

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

(noun) maneuver, manoeuvre

a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill

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

(noun) bid

an attempt to get something

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

(noun) looseness

movement or space for movement

there was too much play in the steering wheel

(noun) sport, fun

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

he became a figure of fun; he said it in sport

(noun) drama, dramatic play

a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway

(noun) shimmer

a weak and tremulous light

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

(noun) free rein

the removal of constraints

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

(noun) period of play, playing period

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

rain stopped play in the 4th inning

(verb) toy

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

They played games on their opponents; play the stock market; play with her feelings; toy with an idea

(verb) act, act as

pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

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

(verb) trifle, dally

consider not very seriously

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

(verb) take on, encounter, meet

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

Princeton plays Yale this weekend; Charlie likes to play Mary

(verb) bet, wager

stake on the outcome of an issue

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

(verb) fiddle, diddle, toy

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

(verb) work, wreak, make for, bring

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

(verb) run

cause to emit recorded audio or video

They ran the tapes over and over again; I'll play you my favorite record; He never tires of playing that video

(verb) represent, act

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

(verb) act, playact, roleplay

perform on a stage or theater

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

(verb) spiel

replay (as a melody)

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

(verb) recreate

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

On weekends I play; The students all recreate alike

(verb) dally, toy, flirt

behave carelessly or indifferently

Play about with a young girl's affection