Focus on the pronunciation of play
› [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