English dictionary definition of:



  • 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)
  • activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
  • (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
  • gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  • a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
  • a preset plan of action in team sports
  • an attempt to get something
  • utilization or exercise
  • movement or space for movement
  • verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
  • a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
  • a theatrical performance of a drama
  • a weak and tremulous light
  • the removal of constraints
  • a state in which action is feasible
  • (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds


  • engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
  • pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
  • exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
  • consider not very seriously
  • participate in games or sport
  • contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
  • employ in a game or in a specific position
  • use or move
  • shoot or hit in a particular manner
  • bet or wager (money)
  • put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
  • stake on the outcome of an issue
  • make bets
  • use to one's advantage
  • discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
  • manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
  • cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
  • perform on a certain location
  • be performed or presented for public viewing
  • cause to emit recorded audio or video
  • emit recorded sound
  • play a role or part
  • perform on a stage or theater
  • pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
  • replay (as a melody)
  • play on an instrument
  • perform music on (a musical instrument)
  • move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
  • cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
  • act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome
  • engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
  • be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
  • behave carelessly or indifferently
  • behave in a certain way
  • be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way


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Scrabble score for play

Scrabble score = 9

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