play 1 /pleI/ verb Word family
1 SPORTS/GAMES [I,T] When you play a sport or game, you take part in it.
You play tennis, don't you Sam?
We often used to play cards.
I used to play netball for my school.
I'm playing Tony (= playing against Tony) at squash tonight.
Two of the team weren't playing because they were injured.
Newcastle are playing against Arsenal tonight.
2 CHILDREN [I,T] When children play, they enjoy themselves with toys and games.
"She likes playing with her dolls."
Emma won't play with me.
3 MUSIC [I,T] to make music with a musical instrument
Tim was playing the piano.
4 RECORD/RADIO [I,T] If a radio, record, etc plays, it produces sounds, or if you play a radio, record, etc you make it produce sounds.
A radio was playing in the background.
He plays his records late into the night.
From Cambridge Lerner's Dictionary.