to do things for pleasure, as children do; to enjoy yourself, rather than work
A group of kids were playing with a ball in the street.
You'll have to play inside today.
I haven't got anybody to play with!
There's a time to work and a time to play.
Let's play a different game.
to pretend to be or do sth for fun
Let's play pirates.
They were playing at being cowboys.
to trick sb for fun
to be involved in a game; to compete against sb in a game
to play football/chess/cards, etc.
Have you played her at squash yet?
France are playing Wales tomorrow.
He plays for Cleveland.
France are playing against Wales on Saturday.
Evans played very well.
to take a particular position in a sports team
Who's playing on the wing?
I've never played right back before.
to include sb in a sports team
I think we should play Matt on the wing.
to make contact with the ball and hit or kick it in the way mentioned
She played the ball and ran forward.
He played a backhand volley.
to move a piece in chess , etc.
She played her bishop.
in card games
to put a card face upwards on the table, showing its value
出A / 王牌
to play your ace/a trump
He played out of turn!
to perform on a musical instrument; to perform music
to play the piano/violin/flute, etc.
He played a tune on his harmonica.
Play that new piece to us.
Play us that new piece.
In the distance a band was playing.
to make a tape, CD, etc. produce sound
Play their new CD for me, please.
Play me their new CD, please.
My favourite song was playing on the radio.
to act in a play, film/movie, etc.; to act the role of sb
The part of Elizabeth was played by Cate Blanchett.
He had always wanted to play Othello.
to pretend to be sth that you are not
I decided it was safer to play dead .
She enjoys playing the wronged wife.
to be performed
A production of ‘Carmen’ was playing to packed houses.
to have an effect on sth
The media played an important part in the last election.
to deal with a situation in the way mentioned
He played the situation carefully for maximum advantage.
of light/a smile
to move or appear quickly and lightly, often changing direction or shape
Sunlight played on the surface of the lake.
when a fountain plays , it produces a steady stream of water
大多数含 play 的习语，都可在该等习语中的名词及形容词相关词条找到，如 play the game 在词条 game 下。
Most idioms containing play are at the entries for the nouns and adjectives in the idioms, for example play the game is at game .
to have plenty of money, time, etc. for doing sth
used to ask in an angry way about what sb is doing
What do you think you are playing at?
to behave or treat sth in a careless way
Don't play around with my tools!
to have a sexual relationship with sb, usually with sb who is not your usual partner
Her husband is always playing around.
to pretend to agree with sb/sth
I decided to play along with her idea.
to do sth without being serious about it or putting much effort into it
of a sports team
to play a match at the opponent's ground or stadium
of a person who is married or who has a regular sexual partner
to have a secret sexual relationship with sb else
to play music, film, etc. that has been recorded on a tape, video, etc.
Play that last section back to me again.
to try to make sth seem less important than it is
to put two people or groups in competition with each other, especially in order to get an advantage for yourself
She played her two rivals off against each other and got the job herself.
to continue to play; to start playing again
The home team claimed a penalty but the referee told them to play on.
to take advantage of sb's feelings, etc.
Advertisements often play on people's fears.
when an event is played out , it happens
Their love affair was played out against the backdrop of war.
to become weak and no longer useful or important
to cause sb problems or pain
The kids have been playing up all day.
My shoulder is playing me up today.
to try to make sth seem more important than it is
to treat sb who is emotionally attached to you in a way that is not serious and which can hurt their feelings
She tends to play with men's emotions.
She realized that Patrick was merely playing with her.
to keep touching or moving sth
She was playing with her hair.
Stop playing with your food!
to use things in different ways to produce an interesting or humorous effect, or to see what effect they have
In this poem Fitch plays with words which sound alike.
The composer plays with the exotic sounds of Japanese instruments.
things that people, especially children, do for pleasure rather than as work
the happy sounds of children at play
the importance of learning through play
a play area
a piece of writing performed by actors in a theatre or on television or radio
to put on (= perform) a play
a play by Shakespeare
a radio play
the playing of a game
Rain stopped play.
There was some excellent play in yesterday's match.
an action or move in a game
a defensive play
the possibility of free and easy movement
We need more play in the rope.
the activity or operation of sth; the influence of sth on sth else
the free play of market forces
The financial crisis has brought new factors into play .
Personal feelings should not come into play when you are making business decisions.
of light/a smile
a light, quick movement that keeps changing
the play of sunlight on water
of a ball
在非死球 / 死球区域；在可继续 / 不能继续比赛区域
inside/outside the area allowed by the rules of the game
She just managed to keep the ball in play.
to try to obtain sth; to do things that are intended to produce a particular result
She was making a play for the sales manager's job.
to emphasize the importance of a particular fact
He made great play of the fact that his uncle was a duke.
the humorous use of a word or phrase that can have two different meanings
to make use of sth
Chess is a game that calls into play all your powers of concentration.
the stage that has been reached in a process, etc. which has not yet been completed
What is the current state of play in the peace talks?
the score in a sports match, especially in cricket
it is not healthy to spend all your time working; you need to relax too
These are all words for things or activities used to entertain people when they are not working.
films, television, music, etc. used to entertain people
There are three bars, with live entertainment seven nights a week.
( rather informal ) behaviour or activities that are not serious but come from a sense of enjoyment
It wasn't serious─it was all done in fun .
We didn't mean to hurt him. It was just a bit of fun .
The lottery provides harmless fun for millions.
( rather formal ) things people do for enjoyment when they are not working
His only form of recreation is playing football.
( rather formal ) things people do to rest and enjoy themselves when they are not working; the ability to relax
I go hill-walking for relaxation.
recreation or relaxation?
Both these words can be used for a wide range of activities, physical and mental, but relaxation is sometimes used for gentler activities than recreation .
I play the flute in a wind band for recreation.
I listen to music for relaxation.
things that people, especially children, do for enjoyment rather than as work
the happy sounds of children at play
the activity of enjoying yourself, especially in contrast to working
Are you in Paris on business or pleasure ?
the fact of being entertained by sth
What do you do for amusement round here?
the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)
- his gambling cost him a fortune
- there was heavy play at the blackjack table
activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
- Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child
近义词: child's play
(game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
- it is my turn
- it is still my play
gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
- it was all done in play
- their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly
a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
- he made a great maneuver
- the runner was out on a play by the shortstop
a preset plan of action in team sports
- the coach drew up the plays for her team
an attempt to get something
- they made a futile play for power
- he made a bid to gain attention
utilization or exercise
- the play of the imagination
movement or space for movement
- there was too much play in the steering wheel
verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
- he became a figure of fun
- he said it in sport
a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
- he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway
近义词: drama,dramatic play
a theatrical performance of a drama
- the play lasted two hours
a weak and tremulous light
- the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers
- the play of light on the water
the removal of constraints
- he gave free rein to his impulses
- they gave full play to the artist's talent
近义词: free rein
a state in which action is feasible
- the ball was still in play
- insiders said the company's stock was in play
(in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
- rain stopped play in the 4th inning
近义词: playing period,period of play
engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
- They played games on their opponents
- play the stock market
- play with her feelings
- toy with an idea
pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
- He acted the idiot
- She plays deaf when the news are bad
近义词: act,act as
exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
- play a hooked fish
consider not very seriously
- He is trifling with her
- She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania
participate in games or sport
- We played hockey all afternoon
- play cards
- Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches
contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
- Princeton plays Yale this weekend
- Charlie likes to play Mary
近义词: meet,encounter,take on
employ in a game or in a specific position
- They played him on first base
use or move
- I had to play my queen
shoot or hit in a particular manner
- She played a good backhand last night
bet or wager (money)
- He played $20 on the new horse
- She plays the races
put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
- He is playing his cards close to his chest
- The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory
stake on the outcome of an issue
- I bet $100 on that new horse
- She played all her money on the dark horse
- Play the races
- play the casinos in Trouville
use to one's advantage
- She plays on her clients' emotions
discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
- play water from a hose
- The fountains played all day
manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
- She played nervously with her wedding ring
- Don't fiddle with the screws
- He played with the idea of running for the Senate
cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
- I cannot work a miracle
- wreak havoc
- bring comments
- play a joke
- The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area
近义词: bring,work,wreak,make for
perform on a certain location
- The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16
- She has been playing on Broadway for years
be performed or presented for public viewing
- What's playing in the local movie theater?
- `Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years
cause to emit recorded audio or video
- They ran the tapes over and over again
- I'll play you my favorite record
- He never tires of playing that video
emit recorded sound
- The tape was playing for hours
- the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered
play a role or part
- 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
perform on a stage or theater
- She acts in this play
- He acted in `Julius Caesar'
- I played in `A Christmas Carol'
pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
- Let's play like I am mommy
- Play cowboy and Indians
replay (as a melody)
- Play it again, Sam
- She played the third movement very beautifully
play on an instrument
- The band played all night long
perform music on (a musical instrument)
- He plays the flute
- Can you play on this old recorder?
move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
- The spotlights played on the politicians
cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
- The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack
act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome
- This factor played only a minor part in his decision
- This development played into her hands
- I played no role in your dismissal
engage in recreational activities rather than work;occupy oneself in a diversion
- On weekends I play
- The students all recreate alike
be at play;be engaged in playful activity;amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
- The kids were playing outside all day
- I used to play with trucks as a little girl
behave carelessly or indifferently
- Play about with a young girl's affection
behave in a certain way
- play safe
- play it safe
- play fair
be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way
- This speech didn't play well with the American public
- His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee