Definition of PLAYING

noun : PLAYING

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) the act of playing a musical instrument ;

  • 2. (

    ) the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation ;

verb : PLAYING

Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches" ;

  • 2. (

    ) act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome; "This factor played only a minor part in his decision"; "This development played into her hands"; "I played no role in your dismissal" ;

  • 3. (

    ) play on an instrument; "The band played all night long" ;

  • 4. (

    ) play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master" ;

  • 5. (

    ) be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children; "The kids were playing outside all day"; "I used to play with trucks as a little girl" ;

  • 6. (

    ) replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully" ;

  • 7. (

    ) perform music on (a musical instrument); "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?" ;

  • 8. (

    ) pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad" ;

  • 9. (

    ) move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; "The spotlights played on the politicians" ;

  • 10. (

    ) bet or wager (money); "He played $20 on the new horse"; "She plays the races" ;

  • 11. (

    ) engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion; "On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike" ;

  • 12. (

    ) pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; "Let's play like I am mommy"; "Play cowboy and Indians" ;

  • 13. (

    ) emit recorded sound; "The tape was playing for hours"; "the stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered" ;

  • 14. (

    ) perform on a certain location; "The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16"; "She has been playing on Broadway for years" ;

  • 15. (

    ) put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game; "He is playing his cards close to his chest"; "The Democrats still have some cards to play before they will concede the electoral victory" ;

  • 16. (

    ) engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously; "They played games on their opponents"; "play the stock market"; "play with her feelings"; "toy with an idea" ;

  • 17. (

    ) behave in a certain way; "play safe"; "play it safe"; "play fair" ;

  • 18. (

    ) cause to emit recorded audio or video; "They ran the tapes over and over again"; "I'll play you my favorite record"; "He never tires of playing that video" ;

  • 19. (

    ) manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; "She played nervously with her wedding ring"; "Don't fiddle with the screws"; "He played with the idea of running for the Senate" ;

  • 20. (

    ) use to one's advantage; "She plays on her clients' emotions" ;

  • 21. (

    ) consider not very seriously; "He is trifling with her"; "She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania" ;

  • 22. (

    ) be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way; "This speech didn't play well with the American public"; "His remarks played to the suspicions of the committee" ;

  • 24. (

    ) cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space; "The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack" ;

  • 26. (

    ) be performed or presented for public viewing; "What's playing in the local movie theater?"; "`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years" ;

  • 27. (