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verb [intransitive/transitive]     splay pronunciation in British English
/spleɪ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysplay
he/she/itsplays
present participlesplaying
past tensesplayed
past participlesplayed
present tense
I/you/we/theysplay out

or splay out     splay out pronunciation in British English

  1. to stretch or spread something, especially your body or part of your body, in a way that often looks strange

    She was splayed out across the couch.

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