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"
a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"
use to one's advantage; "She plays on her clients' emotions"
discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; "play water from a hose"; "The fountains played all day"
engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion; "On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike"
a theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours"
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"