English definition of “play”
SPORTS/GAMES [I, T] › When you play a sport or game, you take part in it: You play tennis, don't you Sam? We often used to play cards. I used to play netball for my school. I'm playing Tony (= playing against Tony) at squash tonight. Two of the team weren't playing because they were injured. Newcastle are playing against Arsenal tonight.
CHILDREN [I, T] › When children play, they enjoy themselves with toys and games: She likes playing with her dolls. Emma won't play with me.
MUSIC [I, T] › to make music with a musical instrument: Tim was playing the piano.
RECORD/RADIO [I, T] › If a radio, record, etc plays, it produces sounds, or if you play a radio, record, etc you make it produce sounds: A radio was playing in the background. He plays his records late into the night.
ACTING [T] › to be a character in a film or play: Morgan played the father in the film version.