play around - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
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 play1

    The kids played around in the pool.

See also main entry: play