Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

play on

 - definitions and thesaurus
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
phrasal verb
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theyplay on
he/she/itplays on
present participleplaying on
past tenseplayed on
past participleplayed on
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to continue to play a game, often after someone has been injured or has done something that is not allowed by the rules

    We played on in spite of the rain.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of play on
  2. 2
    [transitive] play on something to use a situation or emotions such as fear or worry in order to get what you want

    She plays on the fact that people feel sorry for her.

See also main entry: play

likebait

web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

Grexit

the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog