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Entry Word: play
Function: noun
Text: 1 activity engaged in to amuse oneself <it's such a delight to watch the children in their play>
Synonyms dalliance, frolic, frolicking, fun, recreation, relaxation, rollicking, sport
Related Words gamboling, romping; amusement, diversion, entertainment; delight, enjoyment, pleasure; friskiness, playfulness, sportiveness, wantonness; devilment, devilry (or deviltry), hob, impishness, mischief, mischievousness, rascality, roguishness, waggery; binge, fling, lark, revel, spree; hilarity, merrymaking, revelry; buffoonery, horseplay, tomfoolery
Near Antonyms drudgery, labor, work; duty, obligation, responsibility
2 a written work in which the story is told through speech and action that is intended to be acted out on stage <we'll be putting on a school play using that stage>
Synonyms drama, dramatization
Related Words comedy, melodrama, musical, musical comedy, tragedy, tragicomedy; magnum opus, opus, work; adaptation
3 an attitude or manner not to be taken seriously <I didn't mean to insult anyone, for it was all just play> -- see FUN 2
4 the act or practice of employing something for a particular purpose <the host's sense of humor was obviously in play during the awards ceremony> -- see USE 1