Nouns (18)

swordplay, play
n. the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
child's play, play
n. activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child"
play, turn
n. (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play"
play
n. a preset plan of action in team sports; "the coach drew up the plays for her team"
play, bid
n. an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention"
play
n. utilization or exercise; "the play of the imagination"
play, looseness
n. movement or space for movement; "there was too much play in the steering wheel"
play
n. a theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours"
play, shimmer
n. a weak and tremulous light; "the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers"; "the play of light on the water"
free rein, play
n. the removal of constraints; "he gave free rein to his impulses"; "they gave full play to the artist's talent"
play
n. a state in which action is feasible; "the ball was still in play"; "insiders said the company's stock was in play"

Verbs (22)

play
v. employ in a game or in a specific position; "They played him on first base"
play
v. exhaust by allowing to pull on the line; "play a hooked fish"
play
v. participate in games or sport; "We played hockey all afternoon"; "play cards"; "Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches"
play
v. use or move; "I had to play my queen"
play
v. 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"
play
v. discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; "play water from a hose"; "The fountains played all day"
play
v. perform on a certain location; "The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16"; "She has been playing on Broadway for years"
play
v. be performed or presented for public viewing; "What's playing in the local movie theater?"; "`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years"
run, play
v. 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"
play
v. pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; "Let's play like I am mommy"; "Play cowboy and Indians"
spiel, play
v. replay (as a melody); "Play it again, Sam"; "She played the third movement very beautifully"
play
v. play on an instrument; "The band played all night long"
play
v. perform music on (a musical instrument); "He plays the flute"; "Can you play on this old recorder?"
play
v. move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; "The spotlights played on the politicians"
play
v. shoot or hit in a particular manner; "She played a good backhand last night"
recreate, play
v. engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion; "On weekends I play"; "The students all recreate alike"
play
v. 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"
play
v. behave in a certain way; "play safe"; "play it safe"; "play fair"
play
v. 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"

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Fuzzynyms (65)

exploit, effort, feat
n. a notable achievement; "he performed a great feat"; "the book was her finest effort"
action
n. the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field; "the action is no longer in technology stocks but in municipal bonds"; "gawkers always try to get as close to the action as possible"
production
n. the creation of value or wealth by producing goods and services
leniency, lenience, indulgence
n. a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone; "too much indulgence spoils a child"
forbearance
n. a delay in enforcing rights or claims or privileges; refraining from acting; "his forbearance to reply was alarming"
remissness, slackness, laxity, laxness
n. the quality of being lax and neglectful
show, display
n. something intended to communicate a particular impression; "made a display of strength"; "a show of impatience"; "a good show of looking interested"
production
n. a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television; "have you seen the new production of Hamlet?"
tragedy
n. drama in which the protagonist is overcome by some superior force or circumstance; excites terror or pity
glint, spark, flicker
n. a momentary flash of light
glimmer, gleaming, gleam
n. a flash of light (especially reflected light)
blow
v. cause to move by means of an air current; "The wind blew the leaves around in the yard"
cease, terminate, finish, stop, end
v. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"
discharge, empty
v. become empty or void of its content; "The room emptied"
jest, joke
v. tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"
complete, discharge, dispatch
v. complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"
show, render, depict, picture
v. show in, or as in, a picture; "This scene depicts country life"; "the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"
limn, depict, portray
v. make a portrait of; "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"
present, portray
v. represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
outline, limn, delineate
v. trace the shape of
chalk out, sketch
v. make a sketch of; "sketch the building"
portray, impersonate
v. assume or act the character of; "She impersonates Madonna"; "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"
writhe, worm, wrestle, squirm, wriggle, twist
v. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
flip out, flip
v. react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way; "he flipped when he heard that he was accepted into Princeton University"
wiggle, joggle, jiggle
v. move to and fro; "Don't jiggle your finger while the nurse is putting on the bandage!"
caper
v. jump about playfully
fidget
v. move restlessly; "The child is always fidgeting in his seat"

Synonyms (3)

trifle with, play with, dally with
v. consider not very seriously

Antonyms (6)

work
n. activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
tautness, tightness
n. lack of movement or room for movement
work
v. move into or onto; "work the raisins into the dough"; "the student worked a few jokes into his presentation"; "work the body onto the flatbed truck"
work, make
v. proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"

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