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noun play pronunciation in American English /pleɪ/ 
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singularplay
pluralplays
  1. 1
    [uncountable] activities that are done because they are enjoyable and fun, especially by children

    The second-graders have a play period right after lunch.

    at play:

    She watched the children at play in the park.

  2. 2
    [countable] theater a piece of writing intended to be performed by actors in a theater or on television or the radio

    a Broadway play

    put on/perform a play:

    The university's drama students plan to put on an Arthur Miller play.

    She writes radio and television plays.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the action in a sport or game

    The golf match was suspended during the storm, but play resumed later on.

    The wet and muddy conditions determined the style of play.

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    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] a particular action in a game, or the quality of the action

      Lopez made a fine play to throw the runner out at the plate.

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