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English definition of “play”

play

verb (PRODUCE SOUNDS/PICTURES)    /pleɪ/
A2 [I or T] to perform music on an instrument or instruments : He learned to play the clarinet at the age of ten. [+ two objects] Play us a song !/Play a song for us! On Radio London they play African and South American music as well as rock and pop . They could hear a jazz band playing in the distance . Play up a bit (= play louder ) - I can hardly hear you!Playing musicSinging in generalRecording sounds and images A2 [I or T] to ( cause a machine to) produce sound or a picture : Play the last few minutes of the video again. → See also playbackUsing and misusing
(Definition of play verb (PRODUCE SOUNDS/PICTURES) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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