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English definition of “play”

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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