Dictionary definition for: Play
4. (v) 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"
29. (v) 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"
30. (n) 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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