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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.

  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.

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the act or practice of telling the future using random items such as playing cards

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