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How to Pronounce play?

Correct pronunciation for the word "play" is [plˈe͡ɪ], [plˈe‍ɪ], [p_l_ˈeɪ].

Definition of play

  1. To put in action or motion; to use an instrument of music; to act; to perform in character or in a contest. To play off, to display. To play upon, to deceive.
  2. Any exercise or series of actions intended for pleasure or diversion, as billiards, cricket, &c.; amusement; game; practice in any contest; action; a dramatic composition; dramatic performance; performance on a musical instrument; motion; room for motion; liberty of action; scope.
  3. To do something, not as a task or for profit, but as amusement; to sport; to frolic; to toy; to trifle; to contend in a game; to perform on a musical instrument; to act; to act a part on the stage.

Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language By Nuttall, P.Austin

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