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{{11}}play (n.) O.E. plega (W.Saxon), plæga (Anglian) "recreation, exercise, any brisk activity" (the latter sense preserved in swordplay, etc.), from PLAY (Cf. play) (v.). Meaning "dramatic performance" is attested from early 14c. Meaning "free or unimpeded movement" is from 1650s. Sporting sense first attested 1868. Play-by-play is attested from 1927.
{{12}}play (v.) O.E. plegian "to exercise, frolic, perform music," from W.Gmc. *plegan (Cf. M.Du. pleyen "to rejoice, be glad"), of uncertain origin. Opposed to WORK (Cf. work) (v.) since late 14c. Related: Played; playing. To play up "emphasize" is from 1909; to play down "minimize" is from 1930. To play with oneself "masturbate" is from 1896; play for keeps is from 1861, originally of marbles or other children's games with tokens. To play the (something) card is attested from 1886; to play fair is from mid-15c. Play-dough is first recorded 1959. To play (something) safe is from 1911; to play favorites is attested from 1902. For play the field see FIELD (Cf. field).

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