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Synonyms for (noun) play

Synonyms: play, swordplay Definition: the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully

Hypernyms: action Definition: something done (usually as opposed to something said) Usage: there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions

Synonyms: gambling, gaming, play Definition: the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize) Usage: his gambling cost him a fortune; there was heavy play at the blackjack table

Hypernyms: diversion, recreation Definition: an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates Usage: scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists; for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles; drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation

Hypernyms: vice Definition: a specific form of evildoing Usage: vice offends the moral standards of the community

Synonyms: child's play, play Definition: activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules Usage: Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child

Hypernyms: diversion, recreation Definition: an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates Usage: scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists; for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles; drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation

Synonyms: play, turn Definition: (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession Usage: it is my turn; it is still my play

Hypernyms: activity Definition: any specific behavior Usage: they avoided all recreational activity

Synonyms: caper, frolic, gambol, romp, play Definition: gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement Usage: it was all done in play; their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly

Hypernyms: diversion, recreation Definition: an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates Usage: scuba diving is provided as a diversion for tourists; for recreation he wrote poetry and solved crossword puzzles; drug abuse is often regarded as a form of recreation

Synonyms: maneuver, manoeuvre, play Definition: a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill Usage: he made a great maneuver; the runner was out on a play by the shortstop

Hypernyms: motion, move, movement Definition: the act of changing location from one place to another Usage: police controlled the motion of the crowd; the movement of people from the farms to the cities; his move put him directly in my path

Synonyms: play Definition: a preset plan of action in team sports Usage: the coach drew up the plays for her team

Hypernyms: plan of action Definition: a plan for actively doing something

Synonyms: bid, play Definition: an attempt to get something Usage: they made a futile play for power; he made a bid to gain attention

Hypernyms: endeavor, endeavour, effort, try, attempt Definition: earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something Usage: made an effort to cover all the reading material; wished him luck in his endeavor; she gave it a good try

Synonyms: play Definition: utilization or exercise Usage: the play of the imagination

Hypernyms: usage, use, utilisation, utilization, employment, exercise Definition: the act of using Usage: he warned against the use of narcotic drugs; skilled in the utilization of computers

Synonyms: looseness, play Definition: movement or space for movement Usage: there was too much play in the steering wheel

Hypernyms: movability, movableness Definition: the quality of being movable; capable of being moved or rearranged

Synonyms: sport, play, fun Definition: verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously) Usage: he became a figure of fun; he said it in sport

Hypernyms: wit, witticism, wittiness, humor, humour Definition: a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter

Synonyms: drama, dramatic play, play Definition: a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage Usage: he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway

Hypernyms: dramatic composition, dramatic work Definition: a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.

Synonyms: play Definition: a theatrical performance of a drama Usage: the play lasted two hours

Hypernyms: show Definition: a social event involving a public performance or entertainment Usage: they wanted to see some of the shows on Broadway

Synonyms: shimmer, play Definition: a weak and tremulous light Usage: the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers; the play of light on the water

Hypernyms: change, modification, alteration Definition: an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another Usage: the change was intended to increase sales; this storm is certainly a change for the worse; the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago

Synonyms: free rein, play Definition: the removal of constraints Usage: he gave free rein to his impulses; they gave full play to the artist's talent

Hypernyms: freedom Definition: the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints

Synonyms: play Definition: a state in which action is feasible Usage: the ball was still in play; insiders said the company's stock was in play

Hypernyms: action, activeness, activity Definition: the state of being active Usage: his sphere of activity; he is out of action

Synonyms: period of play, play, playing period Definition: (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds Usage: rain stopped play in the 4th inning

Hypernyms: quantity, measure, amount Definition: how much there is or how many there are of something that you can quantify

Synonyms for (verb) play

Synonyms: play, toy Definition: engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously Usage: They played games on their opponents; play the stock market; play with her feelings; toy with an idea

Hypernyms: act, behave, do Definition: behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself Usage: You should act like an adult; Don't behave like a fool; What makes her do this way?; The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people

Synonyms: play, act, act as Definition: pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind Usage: He acted the idiot; She plays deaf when the news are bad

Hypernyms: act, behave, do Definition: behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself Usage: You should act like an adult; Don't behave like a fool; What makes her do this way?; The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people

Synonyms: play Definition: exhaust by allowing to pull on the line Usage: play a hooked fish

Hypernyms: wash up, exhaust, beat, tucker, tucker out Definition: wear out completely Usage: This kind of work exhausts me; I'm beat; He was all washed up after the exam

Synonyms: trifle, dally, play Definition: consider not very seriously Usage: He is trifling with her; She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania

Hypernyms: take, look at, consider, deal Definition: take into consideration for exemplifying purposes Usage: Take the case of China; Consider the following case

Synonyms: play Definition: participate in games or sport Usage: We played hockey all afternoon; play cards; Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches

Hypernyms: contend, vie, compete Definition: compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

Synonyms: play Definition: employ in a game or in a specific position Usage: They played him on first base

Hypernyms: use, utilise, utilize, employ, apply Definition: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose Usage: use your head!; we only use Spanish at home; I can't use this tool; Apply a magnetic field here; This thinking was applied to many projects; How do you utilize this tool?; I apply this rule to get good results; use the plastic bags to store the food; He doesn't know how to use a computer

Synonyms: play Definition: use or move Usage: I had to play my queen

Hypernyms: use, utilise, utilize, employ, apply Definition: put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose Usage: use your head!; we only use Spanish at home; I can't use this tool; Apply a magnetic field here; This thinking was applied to many projects; How do you utilize this tool?; I apply this rule to get good results; use the plastic bags to store the food; He doesn't know how to use a computer

Synonyms: play Definition: shoot or hit in a particular manner Usage: She played a good backhand last night

Hypernyms: hit Definition: cause to move by striking Usage: hit a ball

Synonyms: play Definition: bet or wager (money) Usage: He played $20 on the new horse; She plays the races

Hypernyms: gamble Definition: play games for money

Synonyms: play Definition: put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game Usage: He is playing his cards close to his chest; The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory

Hypernyms: deploy Definition: place troops or weapons in battle formation

Synonyms: play, bet, wager Definition: stake on the outcome of an issue Usage: I bet $100 on that new horse; She played all her money on the dark horse

Hypernyms: gamble Definition: play games for money

Synonyms: play Definition: make bets Usage: Play the races; play the casinos in Trouville

Hypernyms: play, bet, wager Definition: stake on the outcome of an issue Usage: I bet $100 on that new horse; She played all her money on the dark horse

Synonyms: play Definition: use to one's advantage Usage: She plays on her clients' emotions

Hypernyms: work, exploit Definition: use or manipulate to one's advantage Usage: He exploit the new taxation system; She knows how to work the system; he works his parents for sympathy

Synonyms: play Definition: discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream Usage: play water from a hose; The fountains played all day

Hypernyms: discharge Definition: pour forth or release Usage: discharge liquids

Synonyms: fiddle, diddle, play, toy Definition: manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination Usage: She played nervously with her wedding ring; Don't fiddle with the screws; He played with the idea of running for the Senate

Hypernyms: manipulate Definition: hold something in one's hands and move it

Synonyms: work, wreak, make for, play, bring Definition: cause to happen or to occur as a consequence Usage: I cannot work a miracle; wreak havoc; bring comments; play a joke; The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area

Hypernyms: make, create Definition: make or cause to be or to become Usage: make a mess in one's office; create a furor

Synonyms: play Definition: perform on a certain location Usage: The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16; She has been playing on Broadway for years

Hypernyms: perform Definition: give a performance (of something) Usage: Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight; We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera

Synonyms: play Definition: emit recorded sound Usage: The tape was playing for hours; the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered

Hypernyms: sound Definition: give off a certain sound or sounds Usage: This record sounds scratchy

Synonyms: represent, play, act Definition: play a role or part Usage: Gielgud played Hamlet; She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role; She played the servant to her husband's master

Hypernyms: re-create Definition: create anew Usage: Re-create the boom of the West on a small scale

Synonyms: act, play, playact, roleplay Definition: perform on a stage or theater Usage: She acts in this play; He acted in `Julius Caesar'; I played in `A Christmas Carol'

Hypernyms: perform Definition: give a performance (of something) Usage: Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight; We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera

Synonyms: play Definition: pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity Usage: Let's play like I am mommy; Play cowboy and Indians

Hypernyms: assume, sham, simulate, feign Definition: make a pretence of Usage: She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger; he feigned sleep

Synonyms: play, spiel Definition: replay (as a melody) Usage: Play it again, Sam; She played the third movement very beautifully

Hypernyms: re-create Definition: create anew Usage: Re-create the boom of the West on a small scale

Synonyms: play Definition: play on an instrument Usage: The band played all night long

Hypernyms: perform Definition: give a performance (of something) Usage: Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight; We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera

Synonyms: play Definition: perform music on (a musical instrument) Usage: He plays the flute; Can you play on this old recorder?

Hypernyms: sound Definition: cause to sound Usage: sound the bell; sound a certain note

Synonyms: play Definition: move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly Usage: The spotlights played on the politicians

Hypernyms: go, locomote, travel, move Definition: change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically Usage: How fast does your new car go?; We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus; The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect; The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell; news travelled fast

Synonyms: play Definition: cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space Usage: The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack

Hypernyms: displace, move Definition: cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense Usage: Move those boxes into the corner, please; I'm moving my money to another bank; The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant

Synonyms: play Definition: act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome Usage: This factor played only a minor part in his decision; This development played into her hands; I played no role in your dismissal

Hypernyms: move, act Definition: perform an action, or work out or perform (an action) Usage: think before you act; We must move quickly; The governor should act on the new energy bill; The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel

Synonyms: play Definition: be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children Usage: The kids were playing outside all day; I used to play with trucks as a little girl

Hypernyms: act Definition: be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure

Synonyms: dally, toy, flirt, play Definition: behave carelessly or indifferently Usage: Play about with a young girl's affection

Hypernyms: move, act Definition: perform an action, or work out or perform (an action) Usage: think before you act; We must move quickly; The governor should act on the new energy bill; The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel

Synonyms: play Definition: behave in a certain way Usage: play safe; play it safe; play fair

Hypernyms: move, act Definition: perform an action, or work out or perform (an action) Usage: think before you act; We must move quickly; The governor should act on the new energy bill; The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel