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play

noun
 
 
/pleɪ/
THEATRE [C] A2 a story that is written for actors to perform, usually in a theatre: We saw a play at the National Theatre. Most schools usually put on a play (= perform a play) at Christmas.Theatre - general wordsLiterature in general
SPORTS/GAMES [U] the activity of taking part in a sport or a game: The West Indies were in the lead when rain stopped play.Competing in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting)Sports and games generally
CHILDREN [U] B2 the activity of enjoying yourself with toys and games: a play area Children's games
→  See also foul play , role-play , fair play , a play on words
(Definition of play noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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