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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyplay with
he/she/itplays with
present participleplaying with
past tenseplayed with
past participleplayed with
  1. 1
    play with something to keep touching something, especially because you are bored

    Stop playing with your hair!

  2. 2
    play with something if you play with words or ideas, you use them in a clever and funny way
  3. 3
    play with yourself informal to masturbate
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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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