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Play \Play\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Played; p. pr. & vb. n. Playing.] [OE. pleien, AS. plegian, plegan, to play, akin to plega play, game, quick motion, and probably to OS. plegan to promise, pledge, D. plegen to care for, attend to, be wont, G. pflegen; of unknown origin. [root]28. Cf. Plight, n.]

  1. To engage in sport or lively recreation; to exercise for the sake of amusement; to frolic; to spot.

    As Cannace was playing in her walk.

    The lamb thy riot dooms to bleed to-day, Had he thy reason, would he skip and play!

    And some, the darlings of their Lord, Play smiling with the flame and sword.

  2. To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.

    ``Nay,'' quod this monk, ``I have no lust to pleye.''

    Men are apt to play with their healths.
    --Sir W. Temple.

  3. To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes.

  4. To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute.

    One that . . . can play well on an instrument.
    --Ezek. xxxiii. 32.

    Play, my friend, and charm the charmer.

  5. To act; to behave; to practice deception.

    His mother played false with a smith.

  6. To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate; to act; as, the fountain plays.

    The heart beats, the blood circulates, the lungs play.

  7. To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.

    Even as the waving sedges play with wind.

    The setting sun Plays on their shining arms and burnished helmets.

    All fame is foreign but of true desert, Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart.

  8. To act on the stage; to personate a character. A lord will hear your play to-night. --Shak. Courts are theaters where some men play. --Donne. To play into a person's hands, to act, or to manage matters, to his advantage or benefit. To play off, to affect; to feign; to practice artifice. To play upon.

    1. To make sport of; to deceive.

      Art thou alive? Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight.

    2. To use in a droll manner; to give a droll expression or application to; as, to play upon words.


vb. (en-past of: play)


adj. (of games) engaged in; "the loosely played game"


Played is a 2006 crime film produced by Caspar von Winterfeldt, Nick Simunek and Mick Rossi, executive produced by John Daly, co-produced by Nigel Mead and Lenny Bitondo, written by Sean Stanek and Mick Rossi and directed by Sean Stanek. The film stars Val Kilmer, Gabriel Byrne, Vinnie Jones, Patrick Bergin, Joanne Whalley, Bruno Kirby (in his final film), Anthony LaPaglia, Roy Dotrice, Patsy Kensit, Andy Nyman and Mick Rossi.

Originally intended to be a short, the film was shot without the use of a scripted screenplay and the director (Sean Stanek) allowed the actors to improvise a majority of dialogue as he shot the scenes. The picture was shot on location in London and Los Angeles and took three years to complete.

Played (TV series)

Played is a Canadian action/ drama television series which premiered on CTV on October 3, 2013. The series was developed and is produced by Greg Nelson ( Rookie Blue), Adrienne Mitchell ( Bomb Girls) and Janis Lundman ( Durham County). It follows a team of undercover police officers belonging to the fictional Covert Investigations Unit (CIU). Each episode finds them risking their lives by going undercover on short term, high intensity assignments to infiltrate and bring down criminal organizations at a fast pace. Often having to think on their feet, they find it easy to lose track of who they really are, but smooth talking and quick thinking when things go wrong usually get them out of trouble. The series was cancelled after its first season.

Played (album)

Played is the debut album by English band The Bodines, released in 1987 by record label Magnet.

Usage examples of "played".

These two Bacchantes began to imitate the caresses I lavished on my housekeeper, who was quite astonished at the amorous fury with which my attendant played the part of a man with the other girl.

As they played after supper, and Lord Lincoln followed the noble English custom of drinking till he did not know his right hand from his left, he was quite astonished on waking the next morning to find that luck had been as kind to him as love.

The Bailo Dona sent one of his men who played the violin well enough for dancing purposes.

We began another game, Pauline played carelessly, and I placed her in a difficult position.

The part was no easy one, but I played it right well, and at last my reward came of itself.

She played on the figure of an abbe which came out fifth twenty times.

I said that very likely, and to reciprocate her kindness, Angela must likewise have been her husband, but she answered, with a smile, that Angela played husband only to Nanette, and Nanette could not deny it.

I took a violin, and played the forlana, but, even if the partner had been found, I could not play and dance at the same time.

I thought that the trick he had played upon me might have cost my life, and I could not help deriving consolation from that idea.

I said that, notwithstanding the pleasure I felt in seeing her, the trick played upon me by her friend was a very bad one, that it could not do otherwise than displease me greatly, because it was an insult to me.

I laughed to myself, for the doctor could not have played his part better if I had given him the word.

Nevertheless, I could not help feeling amazed at the way Veronique played the part.

Her behaviour, now free and now reserved, as the occasion demanded, shewed me that she was no new hand, and that she could have played the part of a princess in the best society.

A girl of her age could not have played the part so well unless she had been already tried in a hundred battles.

Far this first tine the princess had made up her mind to take them to the Torre di Nonna Theatre, as comic pieces were played there, and they could not help but laugh.