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play

noun
 
 
/pleɪ/
[C] FINANCE the act of trading shares, bonds, etc.: Institutional investors remained on the sidelines, refusing to make any big plays until a definite announcement is made.
be at play to have an influence in a situation: Many issues are at play here, including the impact on the environment.
be in play FINANCE if a company or its shares are in play, they may be bought by other companies or shareholders: In a corporate-driven deal environment, even "untouchable" bank stocks could be in play.
bring/call sth into play to start to use something for a particular purpose: Special computer software programs were brought into play during the vote recount.
come into play to begin to have an influence on something: New federal pension laws have come into play that could affect the retirement security of many of our employees.
make a play for sth to try to get control of something: The government has been accused of making a play for online betting tax revenues.
→  See also role play
(Definition of play noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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