Definitions

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  • n. An occasion on which something, such as a song or show, is played.
  • v. Present participle of play.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & vb. n. of play.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of playing a musical instrument
  • n. the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation
  • n. the performance of a part or role in a drama

Etymologies

play +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The following example will make the reason clear: _No amateur athlete has a salary for playing, John Gorman is not an amateur athlete, Therefore John Gorman has a salary for playing_.

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  • Then it's, 'OK - I'm not playing well, I need to find some form, I'm ­playing in a struggling team at ­Newcastle,' or whatever it is.

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  • Press Association Brazilian soccer legend Rivaldo, who made his name playing for Barcelona, recently signed with an Angolan club.

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  • At any point you can take control of the game of your liking and begin playing from the same moment that was only playing on demo mode a moment ago.

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  • He let a fierce grin cross his face, the same grin he had used when he earned his nickname playing defense for the Philadelphia Eagles decades before.

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  • I first came across the term playing Ultima IV on my Apple IIe.

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  • It wasn't always a comfortable fit for a singer who made his name playing spiffed-up guitar pop, and not just because the half-empty audience had a predictably substantial contingent of teens and tweens.

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  • Do you know what the phrase "playing chicken" means?

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  • Zac Efron made his name playing a singing high school heartthrob, but as his newly announced film indicates, the "High School Musical" star has clearly graduated. has signed on to play a hard-partying college student in an R-rated comedy , starring opposite Seth Rogen, whose character lives nearby Efron's frat house and has his life turned upside down as a result.

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  • Zac Efron made his name playing a singing high school heartthrob, but as his newly announced film indicates, the "High School Musical" star has clearly...

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