• To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation or entertainment.
  • To perform in (a sport); to participate in (a game).
  • To take part in amorous activity; to make love.
  • To gamble.
  • To act as the indicated role, especially in a performance.
  • To produce music or theatre.
  • To behave in a particular way.
  • To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate.
  • To move to and fro.
  • To put in action or motion.
  • To keep in play, as a hooked fish in order to land it.
  • To manipulate, deceive, or swindle someone.


  • Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.
  • Similar activity in young animals, as they explore their environment and learn new skills.
  • The conduct, or course, of a game.
  • An individual's performance in a sport or game.
  • A short sequence of action within a game.
  • An action carried out when it is one's turn to play.
  • A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue.
  • A theatrical performance featuring actors.
  • An attempt to move forward, as in a plan or strategy, for example by a business, investor, or political party.
  • A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.
  • The extent to which a part of a mechanism can move freely, as for example lash, backlash, or slack.
  • Sexual activity or sexual role-playing.
  • An instance of watching or listening to digital media.
  • A button that, when pressed, causes media to be played.
  • Activity relating to martial combat or fighting.


  • , Dutch plegen ("to commit, bedrive, practice"), German pflegen ("to care for, be concerned with, attend to, tend"). Related also to Old English plēon ("to risk, endanger"). More at plight, pledge.
  • The noun is from Middle English pleye, from Old English plæġ, plega, plæġa, deverbative of plegian; see above.

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