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Drama vs. Play: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Drama is a genre of narrative fiction (or semi-fiction) expressed in performance, while a play is a written literary form intended to be performed by actors.
Drama vs. Play

Key Differences

Drama encompasses a wide range of theatrical performances, conveying stories through acting and dialogue. Play: A play is a specific format of drama, consisting of a script with dialogue and stage directions, written to be performed on stage.
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The term 'drama' implies a situation or series of events having vivid, emotional, conflicting, or striking interest or results. Play: Conversely, a 'play' specifically refers to the written text or manuscript that actors use to perform a drama.
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In drama, the emphasis is on the emotional and relational development of characters under stress. Play: In a play, the focus is on the narrative structure and dialogue that guides actors in their performance.
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Drama as a genre includes various forms like plays, films, and television shows. Play: A play is exclusively a theatrical composition, distinct in its purpose to be enacted on a stage.
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The experience of drama is predominantly observed through performance. Play: The experience of a play can be appreciated both through reading the script and watching the performance.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

A mode of fictional representation through dialogue and performance.
A written work intended for stage performance.
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Medium

Can be presented in various forms including stage, film, and television.
Primarily intended for theatrical performance.
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Focus

Emphasizes emotional and relational aspects of characters.
Centers on narrative structure and dialogue.
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Form

Encompasses a broader category including various forms of performance.
A specific literary form within drama.
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Experience

Experienced through watching performances.
Experienced through both reading and watching.
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Drama and Play Definitions

Drama

Drama is a genre of narrative art where conflict and emotion are expressed through dialogue and performance.
The drama in the movie captivated audiences with its intense character conflicts.
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Play

Play refers to the enactment of a story by actors on a stage in front of an audience.
They went to the theater to watch a play about ancient Greece.
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Drama

Drama can also mean the art of composing, writing, acting in, or producing plays.
She studied drama at the university, focusing on theatrical production.
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Play can also mean a dramatic composition or piece; drama.
Shakespeare's plays are studied in literature classes worldwide.
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Drama refers to a situation or series of events that are emotionally powerful or turbulent.
The family reunion turned into a drama full of unexpected revelations.
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Play

A play is a written dramatic work by a playwright that is intended to be performed in a theater.
The director chose an award-winning play for the theater's next production.
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In literature, drama is a composition in prose or verse presenting a story involving conflict.
Shakespeare's Hamlet is a classic example of drama in literature.
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Play

To occupy oneself in an activity for amusement or recreation
Children playing with toys.
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Drama

Drama, in a general sense, refers to any situation or series of events having vivid, emotional, or conflicting interest.
Their relationship was full of drama, with highs and lows capturing everyone's attention.
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Play

To take part in a sport or game
He's just a beginner and doesn't play well.
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Drama

A prose or verse composition, especially one telling a serious story, that is intended for representation by actors impersonating the characters and performing the dialogue and action.
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To participate in betting; gamble.
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A serious narrative work or program for television, radio, or the cinema.
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Play

To behave in a teasing or joking manner; act in jest or sport
She's not angry with you.
She's just playing.
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Drama

Theatrical plays of a particular kind or period
Elizabethan drama.
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Play

To deal or behave carelessly or indifferently, especially for one's own amusement; toy
She isn't interested in you.
She's just playing with you.
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Drama

The art or practice of writing or producing dramatic works.
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To act or conduct oneself in a specified way
Play fair.
An investor who plays cautiously.
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Drama

A situation or succession of events in real life having the dramatic progression or emotional effect characteristic of a play
The drama of the prisoner's escape and recapture.
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To act, especially in a dramatic production.
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The quality or condition of being dramatic
A summit meeting full of drama.
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Play

To perform on an instrument
Play on an accordion.
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Drama

A composition, normally in prose, telling a story and intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue
The author released her latest drama, which became a best-seller.
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Play

To emit sound or be sounded in performance
The band is playing.
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Drama

Such a work for television, radio or the cinema (usually one that is not a comedy)
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To be performed, as in a theater or on television
A good movie is playing tonight.
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Drama

Theatrical plays in general
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To be received or accepted
A speech that played poorly with the voters.
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Drama

A situation in real life that has the characteristics of such a theatrical play
After losing my job, having a car crash, and the big row with my neighbours, I don't need any more drama.
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To move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
The breeze played on the water.
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Drama

(slang) Rumor, lying or exaggerated reaction to life or online events; melodrama; an angry dispute or scene; a situation made more complicated or worse than it should be; intrigue or spiteful interpersonal maneuvering.
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To function or discharge uninterruptedly
The fountains played in the courtyard.
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Drama

A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage.
A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon.
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To move or operate freely within a bounded space, as machine parts do.
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A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest.
Westward the course of empire takes its way;The four first acts already past,A fifth shall close the drama with the day;Time's noblest offspring is the last.
The drama and contrivances of God's providence.
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Play

To engage in (a game or sport)
Play hockey.
Play chess.
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Drama

Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature.
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Play

To compete against in a game or sport
We play the Tigers today.
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Drama

A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage;
He wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway
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To compete in a game or sport at (a location)
The New York Yankees played Fenway Park last night.
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Drama

An episode that is turbulent or highly emotional
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To occupy or work at (a position) in a game
Lou Gehrig played first base.
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Drama

The literary genre of works intended for the theater
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To put (a player) at a position in a sport or in a game
Let's play her at first base.
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Drama

The quality of being arresting or highly emotional
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To use or move (a card or piece) in a game
Play the ace of clubs.
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Play

To hit (a ball, shot, or stroke), as in tennis
Played a strong backhand.
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Play

To attempt to keep or gain possession or control of
No foul was called because he was playing the ball.
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To perform or act (a role or part) in a dramatic performance.
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To assume the role of; act as
Played the peacemaker at the meeting.
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Play

To pretend to be; mimic the activities of
Played cowboy.
Played the star.
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To perform (a theatrical work or part of a work)
The actors played the scene with great skill.
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To present a theatrical performance or other entertainment in (a given place)
The company played Boston last week.
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Play

To bet; wager
Played ten dollars on the horse.
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To make bets on
Play the races.
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To perform or put into effect, especially as a jest or deception
Play a joke on a friend.
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Play

To handle; manage
Played the matter quietly.
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To use or manipulate, especially for one's own interests
Played his opponents against each other.
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To perform on (an instrument)
Play the guitar.
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Play

To perform (a piece) on instruments or an instrument.
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To cause (a movie, audiotape, or other recording) to be presented in audible or visible form.
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Play

To discharge or direct in a certain direction
Played the water on the burning roof.
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Play

To cause to move rapidly, lightly, or irregularly
Play lights over the dance floor.
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Play

To exhaust (a hooked fish) by allowing it to pull on the line.
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A literary work written for performance on the stage; a drama.
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The performance of such a work.
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Play

Activity engaged in for enjoyment or recreation.
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Play

Fun or jesting
It was all done in play.
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Play

The act or manner of engaging in a game or sport
After a time-out, play resumed. The golf tournament featured expert play.
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The act or manner of using a card, piece, or ball in a game or sport
My partner's play of the last trump.
His clumsy play of the rebound.
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Play

A move or an action in a game
It's your play. The runner was thrown out in a close play.
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Participation in betting; gambling.
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Manner of dealing with others; conduct
Fair play.
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An attempt to obtain something; a bid
A play for sympathy.
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Action, motion, or use
The play of the imagination.
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Freedom or occasion for action; scope
Give full play to an artist's talents.
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Movement or space for movement, as of mechanical parts.
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Quick, often irregular movement or action, especially of light or color
The play of color on iridescent feathers.
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A control mechanism on an audio or video player that starts or resumes the audible or visual presentation of a recording.
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A geological deposit, as of oil or natural gas, considered as a prospect for commercial extraction.
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(intransitive) To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation or entertainment.
They played long and hard.
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To perform in (a sport); to participate in (a game).
He plays on three teams
Who's playing now?
Play football
Play sports
Play games
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(transitive) To compete against, in a game.
We're playing one of the top teams in the next round.
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(transitive) (in the scoring of games and sports) To be the opposing score to.
Look at the score now ... 23 plays 8!
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(intransitive) To take part in amorous activity; to make love.
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To gamble.
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(transitive) To act as the indicated role, especially in a performance.
He plays the King, and she’s the Queen.
No part of the brain plays the role of permanent memory.
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To produce music or theatre.
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To produce music.
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To produce music using a musical instrument.
I've practiced the piano off and on, but I still can't play very well.
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To produce music (or a specified song or musical style) using (a specified musical instrument).
I'll play the piano and you sing.
Can you play an instrument?
We especially like to play jazz together.
Play a song for me.
Do you know how to play Für Elise?
My son thinks he can play music.
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To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording.
You can play the DVD now.
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To be performed; to be shown.
His latest film is playing in the local theatre tomorrow.
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Play

To perform in or at; to give performances in or at.
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(transitive) To act or perform (a play).
To play a comedy
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(multiple senses) To behave in a particular way.
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(copulative) Contrary to fact, to give an appearance of being.
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(intransitive) To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.
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(intransitive) To act; to behave; to practice deception.
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(transitive) To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute.
To play tricks
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To kid; to joke; say something for amusement.
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To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate.
The fountain plays.
He played the torch beam around the room.
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(intransitive) To move to and fro.
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(transitive) To put in action or motion.
To play cannon upon a fortification
To play a trump in a card game
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(transitive) To keep in play, as a hooked fish in order to land it.
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To manipulate, deceive, or swindle someone.
You played me!
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Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.
Children learn through play.
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(uncountable) Similar activity in young animals, as they explore their environment and learn new skills.
This kind of play helps the young lion cubs develop their hunting skills.
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(uncountable) The conduct, or course, of a game.
Play was very slow in the first half.
After the rain break, play resumed at 3 o'clock.
The game was abandoned after 20 minutes' play
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(uncountable) An individual's performance in a sport or game.
His play has improved a lot this season.
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(countable) A short sequence of action within a game.
That was a great play by the Mudchester Rovers forward.
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An action carried out when it is one's turn to play.
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(countable) A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue.
This book contains all of Shakespeare's plays.
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(countable) A theatrical performance featuring actors.
We saw a two-act play in the theatre.
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(countable) An attempt to move forward, as in a plan or strategy, for example by a business, investor, or political party.
ABC Widgets makes a play in the bicycle market with its bid to take over Acme Sprockets.
Turpin signals the Metric Party's long-term play for housing reform
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(countable) A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.
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(uncountable) Movement (of a pattern of light etc.)
The play of light and shadow across the boy's face
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(uncountable) The extent to which a part of a mechanism can move freely, as for example lash, backlash, or slack.
No wonder the fanbelt is slipping: there’s too much play in it.
Too much play in a steering wheel may be dangerous.
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Sexual activity or sexual role-playing.
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(countable) An instance of watching or listening to digital media.
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(countable) A button that, when pressed, causes media to be played.
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Activity relating to martial combat or fighting.
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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.
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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.
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To contend, or take part, in a game; as, to play ball; hence, to gamble; as, he played for heavy stakes.
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To perform on an instrument of music; as, to play on a flute.
One that . . . can play well on an instrument.
Play, my friend, and charm the charmer.
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To act; to behave; to practice deception.
His mother played false with a smith.
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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.
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To move gayly; to wanton; to disport.
Even as the waving sedges play with wind.
The setting sunPlays 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.
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To act on the stage; to personate a character.
A lord will hear your play to-night.
Courts are theaters where some men play.
Art thou alive?Or is it fantasy that plays upon our eyesight.
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To put in action or motion; as, to play cannon upon a fortification; to play a trump.
First Peace and Silence all disputes control,Then Order plays the soul.
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To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.
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To perform, as a piece of music, on an instrument; as, to play a waltz on the violin.
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To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute; as, to play tricks.
Nature hereWantoned as in her prime, and played at willHer virgin fancies.
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To act or perform (a play); to represent in music action; as, to play a comedy; also, to act in the character of; to represent by acting; to simulate; to behave like; as, to play King Lear; to play the woman.
Thou canst play the rational if thou wilt.
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Play

To engage in, or go together with, as a contest for amusement or for a wager or prize; as, to play a game at baseball.
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To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.
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Play

Amusement; sport; frolic; gambols.
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Play

Any exercise, or series of actions, intended for amusement or diversion; a game.
John naturally loved rough play.
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Play

The act or practice of contending for victory, amusement, or a prize, as at dice, cards, or billiards; gaming; as, to lose a fortune in play.
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Action; use; employment; exercise; practice; as, fair play; sword play; a play of wit.
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Play

A dramatic composition; a comedy or tragedy; a composition in which characters are represented by dialogue and action.
A play ought to be a just image of human nature.
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Play

The representation or exhibition of a comedy or tragedy; as, he attends ever play.
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Play

Performance on an instrument of music.
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Play

Motion; movement, regular or irregular; as, the play of a wheel or piston; hence, also, room for motion; free and easy action.
The joints are let exactly into one another, that they have no play between them.
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Play

Hence, liberty of acting; room for enlargement or display; scope; as, to give full play to mirth.
I, with two more to help me,Will hold the foe in play.
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Play

A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage;
He wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway
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Play

A theatrical performance of a drama;
The play lasted two hours
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Play

A preset plan of action in team sports;
The coach drew up the plays for her team
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Play

A deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill;
He made a great maneuver
The runner was out on a play by the shortstop
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Play

A state in which action is feasible;
The ball was still in play
Insiders said the company's stock was in play
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Play

Utilization or exercise;
The play of the imagination
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Play

An attempt to get something;
They made a futile play for power
He made a bid to gain attention
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Play

Play by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules;
Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child
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Play

(in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds;
Rain stopped play in the 4th inning
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Play

The removal of constraints;
He gave free rein to his impulses
They gave full play to the artist's talent
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Play

A weak and tremulous light;
The shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers
The play of light on the water
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Play

Verbal wit (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously);
He became a figure of fun
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Play

Movement or space for movement;
There was too much play in the steering wheel
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Play

Gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement;
It was all done in play
Their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly
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Play

The act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize);
His gambling cost him a fortune
There was heavy play at the blackjack table
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Play

The activity of doing something in an agreed succession;
It is my turn
It is still my play
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Play

The act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
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Play

Participate in games or sport;
We played hockey all afternoon
Play cards
Pele played for the Brazilian teams in many important matches
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Play

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
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Play

Play on an instrument;
The band played all night long
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Play

Play a role or part;
Gielgud played Hamlet
She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role
She played the servant to her husband's master
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Play

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
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Play

Replay (as a melody);
Play it again, Sam
She played the third movement very beautifully
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Play

Perform music on (a musical instrument);
He plays the flute
Can you play on this old recorder?
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Play

Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind;
He acted the idiot
She plays deaf when the news are bad
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Play

Move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly;
The spotlights played on the politicians
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Play

Bet or wager (money);
He played $20 on the new horse
She plays the races
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Play

Engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion;
On weekends I play
The students all recreate alike
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Play

Pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity;
Let's play like I am mommy
Play cowboy and Indians
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Play

Emit recorded sound;
The tape was playing for hours
The stereo was playing Beethoven when I entered
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Play

Perform on a certain location;
The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16
She has been playing on Broadway for years
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Play

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
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Play

Engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously;
They played games on their opponents
Play the stockmarket
Play with her feelings
Toy with an idea
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Play

Behave in a certain way;
Play safe
Play it safe
Play fair
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Play

Cause to emit recorded sounds;
They ran the tapes over and over again
Can you play my favorite record?
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Play

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
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Play

Use to one's advantage;
She plays on her clients' emotions
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Play

Consider not very seriously;
He is trifling with her
She plays with the thought of moving to Tasmania
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Play

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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Play

Behave carelessly or indifferently;
Play about with a young girl's affection
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Play

Cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space;
The engine has a wheel that is playing in a rack
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Play

Perform on a stage or theater;
She acts in this play
He acted in `Julius Caesar'
I played in `A Christmas Carol'
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Play

Be performed;
What's playing in the local movie theater?
`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years
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Play

Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence;
I cannot work a miracle
Wreak havoc
Bring comments
Play a joke
The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area
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Play

Discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream;
Play water from a hose
The fountains played all day
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Play

Make bets;
Play the reaces
Play the casinos in Trouville
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Play

Stake on the outcome of an issue;
I bet $100 on that new horse
She played all her money on the dark horse
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Play

Shoot or hit in a particular manner;
She played a good backhand last night
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Play

Use or move;
I had to play my queen
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Play

Employ in a game or in a specific position;
They played him on first base
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Play

Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle;
Princeton plays Yale this weekend
Charlie likes to play Mary
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Play

Exhaust by allowing to pull on the line;
Play a hooked fish
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Play

A play is a form of literature written by a playwright, usually consisting of dialogue between characters.
The school performed a play written by a local playwright.
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Play

In literature, a play is a narrative work intended for performance by actors.
The library had a collection of plays from different periods of history.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Can a play be non-dramatic?

Typically, plays involve some level of drama, but they can also explore other genres like comedy.
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What is the purpose of drama in storytelling?

Drama adds emotional depth, conflict, and intensity to storytelling.
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What is a play in theater?

A play is a written work, often in dialogue form, intended to be performed on stage.
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How does drama affect an audience?

Drama evokes emotional responses and engagement from the audience.
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What defines drama in literature?

Drama is a genre where stories are expressed through performance and dialogue.
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How does drama differ in film and theater?

In film, drama uses camera and editing techniques, while in theater, it relies on live performance.
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What are the elements of a play?

Elements include script, characters, dialogue, stage directions, and plot.
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What makes drama effective in storytelling?

Effective drama arises from well-developed characters, compelling conflict, and engaging dialogue.
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Can drama exist without conflict?

Conflict is a core element of drama, though it can vary in intensity and type.
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Do all plays follow a traditional structure?

Not necessarily, plays can vary in structure, from traditional to experimental formats.
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How important is dialogue in a play?

Dialogue is crucial in a play as it drives the plot and character development.
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Can drama be comedic?

Yes, drama can include elements of comedy, leading to sub-genres like dramedy.
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What role do actors play in a play?

Actors bring the characters and story of a play to life through their performance.
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Why is drama a popular genre in media?

Drama's portrayal of human emotions and conflicts resonates with a wide audience.
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Do dramas always have a clear resolution?

Not always; some dramas leave conflicts unresolved to reflect the complexities of life.
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Is drama only associated with seriousness?

No, drama can encompass a range of emotions, not just seriousness.
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How do playwrights convey messages in plays?

Playwrights use characters, dialogue, and dramatic situations to convey themes and messages.
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How are modern plays different from classical ones?

Modern plays often explore contemporary themes and may adopt non-traditional structures.
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Are plays always performed live?

Traditionally, plays are meant for live performance, but they can also be adapted for other media.
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What differentiates a play from other literary forms?

A play is specifically designed for stage performance, distinct from other narrative forms.
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