play

I
n.
stage presentation

1) to present, produce, put on, stage; revive; write a play

2) to perform; rehearse a play

3) to review a play

4) to criticize, pan (colloq.) a play

5) a miracle; morality; mystery; nativity; one-act; passion play

6) a play closes; opens; runs (the play ran for two years on Broadway)

7) (misc.) the play got rave reviews

action, activity

8) to bring into play (to bring various factors into play)

9) to come into play

competition, playing

10) fair; foul; rough; team play

11) in; into; out of play (to put the ball into play)

attempt to attract

(colloq.) (esp. AE)

12) to make a play for (he made a play for her)

misc.

13) a play on words ('a pun')

II
v.

1) ('to compete') to play fair; foul; rough

2) (C) ('to perform') play a nice song for me; or: play me a nice song

3) (d; intr.) ('to compete') to play against (to play against a strong opponent)

4) (d; intr.) ('to gamble') to play for (to play for money)

5) (d; intr.) ('to perform') to play for (she plays for our team)

6) (d; intr.) to play for ('to attempt to obtain') (to play for time)

7) (d; intr.) to play on, upon ('to exploit') (to play on smb.'s fears)

8) (d; intr.) to play on ('to pun') (to play on words)

9) (D; tr.) ('to do, make') to play on (they played a joke on us; she played a trick on me)

10) (d; intr.) ('to perform') to play to (to play to a full house)

11) (esp. tennis) (d; intr.) ('to direct one's strokes') to play to (to play to an opponent's forehand)

12) (D; intr.) ('to amuse oneself') to play with (to play with matches)

13) (L) (esp. in children's language) ('to pretend') let's play that I'm the teacher and you're the pupil

14) (O; can be used with one object) ('to oppose in') I'll play you a game of cards

15) (s) ('to feign') they played dead

16) (misc.) to play smb. for a fool ('to ridicule smb.')

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[pleɪ]
into
morality
nativity
one-act
opens
or: play me a nice song
pan (colloq.) a play
passion play
put on
rehearse a play
revive
team play
write a play
runs (the play ran for two years on Broadway)
out of play (to put the ball into play)
upon (to play on smb. 's fears; 'to exploit')
('to compete') to play fair
(0; can be used with one object) ('to oppose in') I'll play you a game of cards
(C) ('to perform') play a nice song for me
(L) (esp. in children's language) ('to pretend') let's play that I'm the teacher and you're the pupil
(misc.) the play got rave reviews
(s) ('to feign') they played dead
['competition, playing'] fair
['stage presentation'] to present
a miracle
a play closes
to come into play
to criticize
to perform
to review a play
['misc. '] a play on words ('a pun')
(misc.) to play smb. for a fool ('to ridicule smb. ')
['attempt to attract'] (colloq.) (esp. AE) to make a play for (he made a play for her)
(d; intr.) ('to perform') to play for (she plays for our team)
(D; tr.) ('to do, make') to play on (they played a joke on us; she played a trick on me)
['action, activity'] to bring into play (to bring various factors into play)
(d; intr.) ('to compete') to play against (to play against a strong opponent)
(d; intr.) ('to gamble') to play for (to play for money)
(d; intr.) to play for (to play for time; 'to attempt to obtain')
(d; intr.) to play on (to play on words; 'to pun')
(d; intr.) ('to perform') to play to (to play to a full house)
(esp. tennis) (d; intr.) ('to direct one's strokes') to play to (to play to an opponent's forehand)
(D; intr.) ('to amuse oneself) to play with (to play with matches)

Combinatory dictionary. 2013.

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