a preset plan of action in team sports; "the coach drew up the plays for her team"
bet or wager (money); "He played $20 on the new horse"; "She plays the races"
play on an instrument; "The band played all night long"
an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention"
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"
perform music on (a musical instrument); "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?"
utilization or exercise; "the play of the imagination"
stake on the outcome of an issue; "I bet $100 on that new horse"; "She played all her money on the dark horse"
move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; "The spotlights played on the politicians"