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  ( plays    plural & 3rd person present)   ( playing    present participle)   ( played    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   When children, animals, or perhaps adults play, they spend time doing enjoyable things, such as using toys and taking part in games.  
They played in the little garden...      V  
Polly was playing with her teddy bear.      V with n  
      Play is also a noun., n-uncount  
...a few hours of play until the baby-sitter takes them off to bed.     
2       v-recip   When you play a sport, game, or match, you take part in it.  
While the twins played cards, Francis sat reading...      pl-n V n  
Alain was playing cards with his friends...      V n with n  
I used to play basketball...      V n (non-recip)  
I want to play for my country...      V for n (non-recip)  
He captained the team but he didn't actually play.      V (non-recip)  
      Play is also a noun., n-uncount  
Both sides adopted the Continental style of play.     
3       verb   When one person or team plays another or plays against them, they compete against them in a sport or game.  
Northern Ireland will play Latvia...      V n  
I've played against him a few times.      V against n  
      Play is also a noun., n-uncount  
Fischer won after 5 hours and 41 minutes of play.     
4       verb   When you play the ball or play a shot in a game or sport, you kick or hit the ball.  
Think first before playing the ball...      V n  
I played the ball back slightly.      V n adv  
5       verb   If you play a joke or a trick on someone, you deceive them or give them a surprise in a way that you think is funny, but that often causes problems for them or annoys them.  
Someone had played a trick on her, stretched a piece of string at the top of those steps...      V n on n  
I thought: `This cannot be happening, somebody must be playing a joke'.      V n  
6       verb   If you play with an object or with your hair, you keep moving it or touching it with your fingers, perhaps because you are bored or nervous.  
She stared at the floor, idly playing with the strap of her handbag.      V with n  
7       n-count   A play is a piece of writing which is performed in a theatre, on the radio, or on television.  
The company put on a play about the homeless..., It's my favourite Shakespeare play.     
8       verb   If an actor plays a role or character in a play or film, he or she performs the part of that character.  
...Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in which he played Hyde...      V n  
His ambition is to play the part of Dracula.      V n  
9       v-link   You can use play to describe how someone behaves, when they are deliberately behaving in a certain way or like a certain type of person. For example, to play the innocent, means to pretend to be innocent, and to play deaf means to pretend not to hear something.   (=act)  
Hill tried to play the peacemaker...      V n  
So you want to play nervous today?      V adj  
10       verb   You can describe how someone deals with a situation by saying that they play it in a certain way. For example, if someone plays it cool, they keep calm and do not show much emotion, and if someone plays it straight, they behave in an honest and direct way.  
Investors are playing it cautious, and they're playing it smart.      V it adj/adv  
11       verb   If you play a musical instrument or play a tune on a musical instrument, or if a musical instrument plays, music is produced from it.  
Nina had been playing the piano...      V n  
He played for me...      V for n  
Place your baby in her seat and play her a lullaby...      V n n  
The guitars played.      V  
12       verb   If you play a record, a CD, or a tape, you put it into a machine and sound is produced. If a record, CD, or tape is playing, sound is being produced from it.  
She played her records too loudly...      V n  
There is classical music playing in the background.      V, Also V n n  
13       verb   If a musician or group of musicians plays or plays a concert, they perform music for people to listen or dance to.  
A band was playing...      V  
He will play concerts in Amsterdam and Paris.      V n  
14    If you ask what someone is playing at, you are angry because you think they are doing something stupid or wrong.  
what are you playing at?      phrase   V inflects     (feelings)    What the hell are you playing at?     
15    When something comes into play or is brought into play, it begins to be used or to have an effect.  
come into play/be brought into play             phrase   V inflects  
The real existence of a military option will come into play...     
16    If something or someone plays a part or plays a rolein a situation, they are involved in it and have an effect on it.  
play a part/play a role      phrase   V inflects, usu PHR in n  
The UN would play a major role in monitoring a ceasefire., ...the role played by diet in disease.     
    to play ball  
    to play your cards right  
    to play it by ear  
    to play fair  
    to play second fiddle  
    to play the field  
    to play with fire  
    to play the fool  
    to play to the gallery  
    to play into someone's hands  
    to play hard to get  
    to play havoc  
    to play host  
    to play safe  
    to play for time  
    to play truant  
    truant   play along      phrasal verb   If you play alongwith a person, with what they say, or with their plans, you appear to agree with them and do what they want, even though you are not sure whether they are right.  
no passive  
My mother has learnt to play along with the bizarre conversations begun by father...      V P with n  
He led the way to the lift. Fox played along, following him.      V P   play around  
1       phrasal verb   If you play around, you behave in a silly way to amuse yourself or other people.  
INFORMAL   Stop playing around and eat!...      V P  
Had he taken the keys and played around with her car?      V P with n  
2       phrasal verb   If you play around with a problem or an arrangement of objects, you try different ways of organizing it in order to find the best solution or arrangement.  
INFORMAL   I can play around with the pictures to make them more eye-catching.      V P with n   play at  
1       phrasal verb   If you say that someone isplaying at something, you disapprove of the fact that they are doing it casually and not very seriously.  
no passive     (disapproval)    We were still playing at war<endash>dropping leaflets instead of bombs.      V P n/-ing  
2       phrasal verb   If someone, especially a child, plays at being someone or doing something, they pretend to be that person or do that thing as a game.  
no passive  
Ed played at being a pirate.      V P n/-ing  
3       phrasal verb   If you do not know what someone is playing at, you do not understand what they are doing or what they are trying to achieve.  
INFORMAL   She began to wonder what he was playing at...      V P   play back      phrasal verb   When you play back a tape or film, you listen to the sounds or watch the pictures after recording them.  
He bought an answering machine that plays back his messages when he calls...      V P n (not pron)  
Ted might benefit from hearing his own voice recorded and played back...      V-ed P  
I played the tape back.      V n P  
    playback   play down      phrasal verb   If you play down something, you try to make people believe that it is not particularly important.,   (Antonym: play up)    Western diplomats have played down the significance of the reports...      V P n (not pron)  
Both London and Dublin are playing the matter down.      V n P   play on      phrasal verb   If you play on someone's fears, weaknesses, or faults, you deliberately use them in order to persuade that person to do something, or to achieve what you want.   (=exploit) election campaign which plays on the population's fear of change...      V P n   play out      phrasal verb   If a dramatic event is played out, it gradually takes place.  
usu passive   (=unfold)  
Her union reforms were played out against a background of rising unemployment...      be V-ed P, Also V P n   play up  
1       phrasal verb   If you play up something, you emphasize it and try to make people believe that it is important.,   (Antonym: play down)    The media played up the prospects for a settlement...      V P n (not pron)  
His Japanese ancestry has been played up by some of his opponents.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
2       phrasal verb   If something such as a machine or a part of your body is playing up or is playing you up, it is causing problems because it is not working properly.  
INFORMAL   usu cont, no passive  
The engine had been playing up...      V P  
It was his back playing him up.      V n P  
3       phrasal verb   When children play up, they are naughty and difficult to control.  
INFORMAL   Patrick often plays up when he knows I'm in a hurry.      V P  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    advance, appear, approach, arrive, become, draw near, enter, happen, materialize, move, move towards, near, occur, originate, show up     (informal)   turn out, turn up     (informal)  
2    appear, arrive, attain, enter, materialize, reach, show up     (informal)   turn up     (informal)  
3    fall, happen, occur, take place  
4    arise, emanate, emerge, end up, flow, issue, originate, result, turn out  
5    extend, reach  
6    be available, be made, be offered, be on offer, be produced  

come about     
arise, befall, come to pass, happen, occur, result, take place, transpire     (informal)  
come across     
bump into     (informal)   chance upon, discover, encounter, find, happen upon, hit upon, light upon, meet, notice, stumble upon, unearth  
come along     
develop, improve, mend, perk up, pick up, progress, rally, recover, recuperate  
come apart     
break, come unstuck, crumble, disintegrate, fall to pieces, give way, separate, split, tear  
come at  
1    attain, discover, find, grasp, reach  
2    assail, assault, attack, charge, fall upon, fly at, go for, light into, rush, rush at  
come back     
reappear, recur, re-enter, return  
come between     
alienate, divide, estrange, interfere, meddle, part, separate, set at odds  
come by     
acquire, get, land, lay hold of, obtain, procure, score     (slang)   secure, take possession of, win  
come clean     
acknowledge, admit, come out of the closet, confess, cough up     (slang)   'fess up     (U.S.)   get (something) off one's chest     (informal)   make a clean breast of, own up, reveal, sing     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   spill one's guts     (slang)  
come down  
1    decline, degenerate, descend, deteriorate, fall, go downhill, go to pot     (informal)   reduce, worsen  
2    choose, decide, favour, recommend  
come down on     
bawl out     (informal)   blast, carpet     (informal)   chew out     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   criticize, dress down     (informal)   give (someone) a rocket     (Brit. & N.Z. informal)   jump on     (informal)   lambast(e), put down, rap over the knuckles, read the riot act, rebuke, reprimand, tear into     (informal)   tear (someone) off a strip     (Brit. informal)  
come down to     
amount to, boil down to, end up as, result in  
come down with     
ail, be stricken with, catch, contract, fall ill, fall victim to, get, sicken, take, take sick  
come forward     
offer one's services, present or proffer oneself, volunteer  
come in     
appear, arrive, cross the threshold, enter, finish, reach, show up     (informal)  
come in for     
acquire, bear the brunt of, endure, get, receive, suffer  
come off     
go off, happen, occur, succeed, take place, transpire     (informal)  
come on  
1    advance, develop, improve, make headway, proceed, progress  
2    appear, begin, take place  
come out  
1    appear, be announced, be divulged, be issued, be published, be released, be reported, be revealed  
2    conclude, end, result, terminate  
come out with     
acknowledge, come clean, declare, disclose, divulge, lay open, own, own up, say  
come round  
1    accede, acquiesce, allow, concede, grant, mellow, relent, yield  
2    come to, rally, recover, regain consciousness, revive  
3    call, drop in, pop in, stop by, visit  
come through  
1    accomplish, achieve, make the grade     (informal)   prevail, succeed, triumph  
2    endure, survive, weather the storm, withstand  
come up     
arise, crop up, happen, occur, rise, spring up, turn up  
come up to     
admit of comparison with, approach, compare with, equal, match, measure up to, meet, resemble, rival, stand or bear comparison with  
come up with     
advance, create, discover, furnish, offer, present, produce, propose, provide, submit, suggest  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
brought into servitude; slave to someone
meet someone by chance
E.g.I ran into James the other day when I was shopping (meaning=I met James without planning it, by chance)
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
[child] to be sent to a care organization run by the social services, or to be looked after by foster parents
do something which puts you in a very difficult situation and limits the way that you can act
come on
Slang; written abbreviation, there`s no difference in pronunciation for "c`mon "and "come on".
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.
change something into something better
Jesus can fanute water into wine.
avoid or at least minimize risks ; choose the safest way in case of doubt
to be on the safe side ; play safe
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
to dress up as somebody or something, as a children's game
[subj: poiicemen] to herd [demonstrators] into a compact group in order to control their movements
to recycle somethiing and make it into something more upmarket
a necklace made of upcycled plastic bags
police crowd management technique that consists of herding people into a compact group. AKA corralling
new trend in computing to take into account the environmental aspect when designing IT systems.
a care order is an official instruction (made by a judge or magistrate) that a child should be taken into care
research into the integrity of the counterparty to a proposed contract and in the veracity of his claims
A lawyer is expected to do 'due diligence'. Would be culpable if he failed to do so. The bigger the contract, the more 'due diligence'.
the point where a minor change turns into a major and irreversible one
[Bus.] E.g. : Some have anticipated that social media would be the tipping point of web marketing.
adding narrative to a topic ; transforming some facts into a story
do not take into account, disregard, ignore on purpose, avoid, dismiss
E.g: His boss asked him for a report, but he gave it the go-by.
meet; cross each other's lives; be brought together
E.g.:They crossed paths fifteen years ago and they are best friends since then.
transform into something English, render similar to an English person or thing
fraudulent changing of data before or during entry into the computer system.
[Tech.];[Leg.] examples include: forging or counterfeiting documents used for data entry and exchanging valid disks and tapes with modified replacements.
term coined by the James Bond movie, meaning that a great danger will come for Bond to overcome
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a very creative person; someone who is always able to come up with fresh ideas
Something that as soon as it is done becomes decided upon to repeat the next year and years to come. Does not necessarily have to had been done previous years to be defined an instant tradition.
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
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def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
consider something seriously and start taking actions about it
expression used to point out that one will eventually face the consequences of his own actions


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