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Play vs. Musical: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Published on February 23, 2024
A play is a form of theater with spoken dialogue and minimal music, while a musical combines songs, spoken dialogue, and dance as part of the storytelling.
Play vs. Musical

Key Differences

Plays and musicals are both popular forms of theater entertainment, but they differ in their use of music and dialogue. A play primarily consists of spoken dialogue and is focused on storytelling through words and actions. In contrast, a musical incorporates songs and often dance routines, making music a central element of storytelling.
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The structure of plays and musicals is another point of difference. Plays often follow a conventional narrative structure with a clear beginning, middle, and end. Musicals, however, intersperse this narrative with musical numbers that can either progress the story or explore the characters' emotions and motivations in depth.
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When it comes to production and performance, plays generally require fewer technical elements compared to musicals. A play might rely more on dialogue and minimal set designs, whereas musicals typically involve complex set changes, elaborate costumes, and significant choreography, in addition to musical orchestration.
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The historical development of plays and musicals shows a divergence in their artistic evolution. Plays have ancient roots and have developed various genres over centuries, from tragedy to comedy and drama. Musicals, although also having a long history, became distinctively popular in the 20th century, evolving into a unique blend of music, theater, and dance.
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Audience experience in plays and musicals also tends to vary. While plays might offer a more straightforward storytelling experience, often focusing on intricate character development and plot, musicals provide a more visceral experience, with music and dance augmenting the emotional and entertainment value.
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Comparison Chart

Primary Elements

Spoken dialogue
Songs, spoken dialogue, dance
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Narrative Structure

Conventional narrative with minimal music
Narrative interspersed with musical numbers
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Production Needs

Simpler set designs, focused on dialogue
Complex sets, costumes, choreography, and music
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Historical Development

Ancient roots, diverse genres
Popularized in the 20th century, blend of arts
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Audience Experience

Focus on storytelling and character development
Emphasizes emotional engagement through music
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Play and Musical Definitions

Play

A play is a dramatic performance with actors presenting a story through dialogue and action.
The play 'Hamlet' explores themes of betrayal and revenge.
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Musical

A blend of music, acting, and dance, creating a unique form of storytelling.
The high school's rendition of the classic musical enchanted the local community.
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Play

A dramatic composition intended for performance by actors on a stage.
She received critical acclaim for her performance in the Broadway play.
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Musical

A form of theater where music is a pivotal element of the narrative and emotional expression.
The musical's powerful songs effectively conveyed the characters' inner turmoil.
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Play

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

A musical is a theatrical performance where songs, dialogue, and dance are combined to tell a story.
'The Phantom of the Opera' is a renowned musical known for its captivating score.
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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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Musical

A stage or film production characterized by song and dance numbers intertwined with dialogue.
The new musical brought the audience to their feet with its energetic dance routines.
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Play

To participate in betting; gamble.
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Musical

An entertainment medium combining elements of theater, music, and dance to create a cohesive story.
The innovative musical experimented with various music genres to tell a contemporary story.
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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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Musical

Of, relating to, or capable of producing music
A musical instrument.
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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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Musical

Characteristic of or resembling music; melodious
A musical speaking voice.
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Play

To act or conduct oneself in a specified way
Play fair.
An investor who plays cautiously.
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Musical

Set to or accompanied by music
A musical revue.
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Play

To act, especially in a dramatic production.
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Musical

Devoted to or skilled in music.
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Play

To perform on an instrument
Play on an accordion.
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Musical

A play or movie that contains musical numbers.
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Play

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

A musical comedy.
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Play

To be performed, as in a theater or on television
A good movie is playing tonight.
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Musical

(Archaic) A musicale.
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Play

To be received or accepted
A speech that played poorly with the voters.
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Musical

Of, belonging or relating to music, or to its performance or notation.
Musical proportion; musical instruments
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To move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
The breeze played on the water.
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Musical

Pleasing to the ear; sounding agreeably; having the qualities of music; melodious; harmonious.
She had a musical voice.
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Play

To function or discharge uninterruptedly
The fountains played in the courtyard.
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Musical

Fond of music; discriminating with regard to music; gifted or skilled in music.
The child is musical; having a musical ear
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To move or operate freely within a bounded space, as machine parts do.
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Pertaining to a class of games in which players move while music plays, but have to take a fixed position when it stops; by extension, any situation where people repeatedly change positions.
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Play

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

A stage performance, show or film that involves singing, dancing and musical numbers performed by the cast as well as acting.
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Play

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

A meeting or a party for a musical entertainment; a musicale.
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Play

To compete in a game or sport at (a location)
The New York Yankees played Fenway Park last night.
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Musical

Of or pertaining to music; having the qualities of music; or the power of producing music; devoted to music; melodious; harmonious; as, musical proportion; a musical voice; musical instruments; a musical sentence; musical persons.
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Play

To occupy or work at (a position) in a game
Lou Gehrig played first base.
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Musical

Music.
To fetch home May with their musical.
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Play

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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Musical

A social entertainment of which music is the leading feature; a musical party.
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Play

To use or move (a card or piece) in a game
Play the ace of clubs.
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Musical

A drama in which music and song are prominent features; a musical drama or musical play; as, Oklahoma! was a breakthrough in the form and popularity of the musical.
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Play

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

A play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
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To attempt to keep or gain possession or control of
No foul was called because he was playing the ball.
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Musical

Characterized by or capable of producing music;
A musical evening
Musical instruments
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Play

To perform or act (a role or part) in a dramatic performance.
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Musical

Talented in or devoted to music;
Comes from a very musical family
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Play

To assume the role of; act as
Played the peacemaker at the meeting.
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Musical

Characteristic of or resembling or accompanied by music;
A musical speaking voice
A musical comedy
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Play

To pretend to be; mimic the activities of
Played cowboy.
Played the star.
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Musical

Containing or constituting or characterized by pleasing melody;
The melodious song of a meadowlark
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Play

To perform (a theatrical work or part of a work)
The actors played the scene with great skill.
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Play

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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Play

To make bets on
Play the races.
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Play

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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Play

To use or manipulate, especially for one's own interests
Played his opponents against each other.
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Play

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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Play

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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Play

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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Play

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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Play

Participation in betting; gambling.
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Play

Manner of dealing with others; conduct
Fair play.
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Play

An attempt to obtain something; a bid
A play for sympathy.
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Play

Action, motion, or use
The play of the imagination.
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Play

Freedom or occasion for action; scope
Give full play to an artist's talents.
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Play

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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Play

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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Play

A geological deposit, as of oil or natural gas, considered as a prospect for commercial extraction.
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Play

(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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Play

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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Play

(transitive) To compete against, in a game.
We're playing one of the top teams in the next round.
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Play

(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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Play

(intransitive) To take part in amorous activity; to make love.
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Play

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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Play

To produce music or theatre.
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Play

To produce music.
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Play

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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Play

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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Play

To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording.
You can play the DVD now.
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Play

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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Play

(transitive) To act or perform (a play).
To play a comedy
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Play

(multiple senses) To behave in a particular way.
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Play

(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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Play

To kid; to joke; say something for amusement.
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Play

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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Play

(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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Play

To manipulate, deceive, or swindle someone.
You played me!
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Play

Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.
Children learn through play.
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Play

(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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Play

(uncountable) An individual's performance in a sport or game.
His play has improved a lot this season.
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Play

(countable) A short sequence of action within a game.
That was a great play by the Mudchester Rovers forward.
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Play

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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Play

(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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Play

(countable) A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.
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Play

(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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Play

Sexual activity or sexual role-playing.
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Play

(countable) An instance of watching or listening to digital media.
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Play

(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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Play

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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Play

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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Play

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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Play

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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Play

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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Play

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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Play

To perform music upon; as, to play the flute or the organ.
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Play

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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Play

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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Play

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 theatrical work focusing on dialogue and character interaction, often exploring complex themes.
The community theater's latest play delved into the complexities of modern relationships.
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Play

A form of storytelling on stage, primarily through spoken word and minimal music.
The school's play about historical figures was both educational and entertaining.
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Play

A theatrical presentation where the story unfolds through dialogue and actors' movements.
The play's depiction of a family reunion was both humorous and poignant.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is a play?

A theatrical performance primarily based on dialogue and action.
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Can a play include music?

Yes, but music in plays is usually minimal and not central to the story.
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How do plays and musicals differ in dialogue?

Plays focus more on spoken dialogue, while musicals combine dialogue with songs.
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Are musicals always upbeat and comedic?

No, musicals can range from light-hearted to serious and dramatic.
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Do plays require extensive rehearsals?

Yes, like musicals, plays also require substantial rehearsal, especially for dialogue and blocking.
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What defines a musical?

A stage performance integrating songs, dialogue, and dance for storytelling.
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What makes a musical memorable?

A combination of catchy music, compelling story, and dynamic performances.
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Are musicals more expensive to produce than plays?

Generally, yes, due to more elaborate sets, costumes, and musical arrangements.
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What kind of stories do plays typically tell?

Plays can tell a wide range of stories, from contemporary to historical, realistic to fantastical.
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Is dance a common element in musicals?

Yes, dance is often integral to musicals.
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Do all musicals have a happy ending?

Not necessarily, musicals can have varied endings, including tragic ones.
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How important is music in a musical?

Music is central to a musical, often driving the plot and character development.
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How long have plays been around?

Plays have been a form of storytelling for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations.
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What is more critical in a play, script or performance?

Both are equally important; a good script needs a strong performance to be effective.
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Can plays be performed outdoors?

Yes, plays can be performed in various venues, including outdoor theaters.
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Are there famous playwrights known for their plays?

Yes, including Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller.
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Can musicals be based on plays?

Yes, many musicals are adaptations of plays.
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Are there different genres of plays?

Yes, including tragedy, comedy, drama, and historical, among others.
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Do musicals always include a live orchestra?

While many do, some use pre-recorded music or smaller musical ensembles.
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What's a good way to introduce someone to musicals?

Attending a well-known musical with universal appeal is a great start.
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