the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed; "the waistband had lost its snap"
a theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours"
shoot or hit in a particular manner; "She played a good backhand last night"
replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully"
a weak and tremulous light; "the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers"; "the play of light on the water"
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"
the removal of constraints; "he gave free rein to his impulses"; "they gave full play to the artist's talent"
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?"