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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyplay around
he/she/itplays around
present participleplaying around
past tenseplayed around
past participleplayed around
  1. 1
    informal If someone who is married or has a partner plays around, they have sexual relationships with other people
    play around with:

    He had played around with other women.

  2. 2
    to think about all the different possible ways of doing something before you make a decision
    play around with:

    They played around with lots of different schemes before opting for this one.

  3. 3
    same as play

    The kids played around in the pool.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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