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English definition of “play”

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 Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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