- Activity for amusement only, especially among the young
- A theatrical performance featuring actors.
- An individual's performance in a sport.
- A major move by a business.
- A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.
- The amount of slackness in a drive chain or similar looped item.
- No wonder the fanbelt is slipping: there"s too much in it.
- (turn-based games) An action carried out when it is one's turn to play.
- (intransitive): To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation.
- 2001 February, Annabelle Sabloff, Reordering the Natural World, page 83, University of Toronto Press
- : A youngster...listed some of the things his pet did not do: ...go on vacation, in the same way that he did with his friends, and so on.
- 2003 November, Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont et al. (editors), Joining Society: Social Interaction and Learning in Adolescence and Youth, page 52, Cambridge University
- : We had to play for an hour, so that meant that we didn't have time to and joke around.
- (intransitive): To produce music using a musical instrument.
- I've practiced the piano off and on, and I still can't very well.
- (intransitive): To deal with a situation in a diplomatic manner.
- (transitive): To act in a performance as the indicated role.
- He plays the King, and she's the Queen.
- (transitive): To participate in the game indicated.
- football, sports
- cards, poker
- cat and mouse, games
- house, doctor
- (transitive) (ergative): To produce music on the indicated musical instrument.
- I'll the piano and you sing.
- Can you an instrument?
- (transitive) (ergative): To produce music, the indicated song or style, with a musical instrument.
- We especially like to jazz together.
- Play a song for me.
- Do you know how to Fí¼r Elise?
- My son thinks he can music.
- (transitive) (ergative): To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording.
- You can the DVD now.
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