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play

noun (GAME)    /pleɪ/
[U] the activity of taking part in a sport or a game: Rain stopped play during the final of the National Tennis Championship.Competing in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting) [C] US a plan or a small set of actions in sport: The new pitcher made a great play on that throw to first base.Sports and games generally in/out of play describes a ball that is/is not in a position where it can be hit, kicked,: The ball had gone out of play. She managed to keep the ball in play.General terms used in ball sports
(Definition of play noun (GAME) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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