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playing (bet, wager, money)

playing is a present participle form of play

play (bet, wager, money)

Definition:

to bet or wager (money)

Class:

competition verb (competitive activities)

Past tense:

played

Present participle:

playing

3rd-person singular present:

plays

Type of:

gamble » play » compete

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

underplay

Usage examples:

  • She plays the races
  • He played $20 on the new horse

Etymology:

Middle English playen, pleyen, pleȝen, plæien, also Middle English plaȝen,...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

All senses of playing...

Definition references

Oxford Dictionary:

play | call | great | with | well | one's | play it | for safety | joke | ...

engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose | engage in (a game or activity) for enjoyment | amuse ... (23 of 1972 words, 109 definitions, 92 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

play | bring into play [sense-specific] | in or out of play [sense-specific] | make a play for [sense-specific] | come to play [sense-specific] | play along [sense-specific] | play around [sense-specific] | play at [sense-specific] | play back [sense-specific] | ...

a dramatic composition or piece; drama. | a dramatic performance, as on the stage. | exercise or activity for amusement or recreation. | fun or jest, ... (23 of 1611 words, 94 definitions, 57 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/play

Collins Dictionary:

play | stage play | play ball [sense-specific] | play fair [sense-specific] | play false [sense-specific] | play by ear [sense-specific] | play for time [sense-specific] | play into the hands of [sense-specific] | play the fool [sense-specific] | ...

to occupy oneself in (a sport or diversion); amuse oneself in (a game) | [transitive] to contend against (an opponent) in a sport or game | to fulfil ... (26 of 1223 words, 46 definitions, 37 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/play

Britannica Encyclopedia:

play [behaviour]

in zoology, behaviour performed in the absence of normal stimuli or behaviour elicited by normal stimuli but not followed to the completion of the ... (24 of 162 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/464349​/play

Merriam-Webster:

play [entry 1, noun] | in play | out of play | dalliance [synonym, sense-specific] | drama [synonym, sense-specific] | swordplay [synonym, sense-specific] | sport [synonym, sense-specific] | jest [synonym, sense-specific] | gaming [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

"swordplay" ; [archaic] "game", "sport" ; the conduct, course, or action of ... | [obsolete] "sexual intercourse" ; amorous flirtation; "dalliance" | ... (20 of 564 words, 9 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/play

play [entry 2, verb] | play ball | play both ends against the middle | play by ear | play games | play one's cards | play possum | play second fiddle | play the field | ...

to engage in sport or recreation; "frolic" ; to have sexual relations ; ... | to take advantage ; "flutter", "frisk" ; to move or operate in a lively, ... (28 of 1142 words, 22 definitions, 35 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

play | played [past tense] | playing [present participle] | plays [3rd-person singular present] | if you play your cards right | play ball with someone | play something by ear | play fast and loose with | play the field | ...

[intransitive/transitive] to take part in a sport or game ; ... | [intransitive/transitive] to perform music, or to use an instrument to make music ; ... (24 of 914 words, 24 definitions, 40 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/play

play [noun] | plays [plural] | bring something into play | come into play | in play | make a play for something | make a play for someone | out of play | a play on words

[countable] a piece of writing intended to be performed by actors in a theatre or on television or the radio | [uncountable] activities that are done ... (25 of 356 words, 12 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

play | played [past tense] | playing [present participle] | plays [3rd-person singular present] | play along | play around | play at | play back | play down | ...

To occupy oneself in amusement, sport, or other recreation | To take part in a game | To participate in betting; gamble. | To act in jest or sport | ... (26 of 851 words, 62 definitions, 42 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/play

Wikipedia:

Play [disambiguation]

may refer to: Play (activity), enjoyed by animals and humans | Play (theatre), structured literary form of theatre | Play may also refer to: Play (2005 film), a Chilean film directed by Alicia Scherson | Play, a 2009 short film directed by David Kaplan... (41 of 578 words, 55 definitions)

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New World Dictionary:

play | playable [adjective, related]

to move lightly, rapidly, or erratically; flutter | to amuse oneself, as by taking part in a game or sport; engage in recreation | to take active part ... (26 of 528 words, 43 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/play

Wiktionary:

play | played [past tense] | playing [present participle] | plays [3rd-person singular present] | playlet [abbreviation] | playlets [abbreviation, plural] | playette [abbreviation] | playwriting [writing] | drama [synonym, sense-specific]

[intransitive] To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation. | [intransitive] To take part in amorous activity; to make love, fornicate; to have sex. | [intransitive] To perform in a sport. |... (41 of 385 words, 24 definitions, 28 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/play

Cambridge Dictionary:

play [entry 1]

When you play, especially as a child, you spend time doing an enjoyable and/or entertaining activity (16 of 41 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/play 1

play [entry 2]

to take part in a game or other organized activity | to compete against a person or team in a game | to hit or kick a ball in a game | to choose a ... (32 of 124 words, 4 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/play 2

play [entry 3] | play a joke/trick | play a joke | play a trick | play a part

to perform an entertainment or a particular character in a play, film or other entertainment | to behave or pretend in a particular way, especially in ... (25 of 126 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/play 3

play [entry 4]

to perform music on an instrument or instruments | to (cause a machine to) produce sound or a picture (18 of 99 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/play 4

play [entry 5]

to direct or be directed over or onto something | (of something you see, such as light) to move quickly or be seen for a short time (26 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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play [entry 6]

to risk money, especially on the results of races or business deals, hoping to win more money (17 of 31 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/play 6

play [entry 7]

a piece of writing that is intended to be acted in a theatre or on radio or television (18 of 46 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/play 7

play [entry 8] | in/out of play | in of play | out of play

the activity of taking part in a sport or a game | [United States] a plan or a small set of actions in sport | "in/out of play": describes a ball that ... (30 of 85 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/play 8

play [entry 9]

activity that is not serious but done for enjoyment, especially when children enjoy themselves with toys and games (18 of 44 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/play 9

play [entry 10]

movement | when a rope or a structure is free to move, especially a small distance (15 of 49 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

play | plays [plural] | played [past tense] | playing [present participle]

to take part in an enjoyable activity, especially a game, simply for the sake of amusement | to take part in a game or a sporting activity | to ... (27 of 1019 words, 39 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738639​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

play | played [past tense] | playing [present participle] | plays [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English playen, pleyen, pleȝen, plæien, also Middle English plaȝen, plawen ... | Middle English pleye, from Old English plæġ, pleġa, plæġa ("play, quick motion,... (24 of 263 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/play

Online Etymology:

play

Origin: [verb] Old English plegian "to exercise, frolic, perform music", ... | [noun] Old English plega (West Saxon), plæga (Anglian) ... (18 of 162 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

play | call | great | with | well | one's | play it | for safety | joke | ...

Origin: Old English plegian "to exercise", plega "brisk movement", related to Middle Dutch pleien "leap for joy, dance"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/play

American Heritage Dictionary:

play | played [past tense] | playing [present participle] | plays [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English playen, from Old English plegian; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots.

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Collins Dictionary:

play

Origin: Old English plega (n), plegan (vb); related to Middle Dutch pleyen

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/play

New World Dictionary:

play

Origin: Middle English plein from Old English plegan, to play, be active

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Merriam-Webster:

play [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English plega; akin to Old English plegan to play, Middle Dutch pleyen

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Encarta Dictionary:

play | plays [plural] | played [past tense] | playing [present participle]

Origin: Old English plegian from Germanic, "to risk, exercise"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861738639​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

play | played [past tense] | playing [present participle] | plays [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "play"

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Collins Dictionary:

play

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "play"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/play

Macmillan British Dictionary:

play | played [past tense] | playing [present participle] | plays [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "play"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/play

play [noun] | plays [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "play"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

play [verb] | played [past tense] | playing [present participle] | plays [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "play"

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play [noun] | plays [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "play"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

play [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "play"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "play"

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the Free Dictionary:

play

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "play"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "play"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "play" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

play | plays [plural] | played [past tense] | playing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "play"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

play

Audio: North American pronunciation of "play"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=play​0001 word=play

YourDictionary Audio:

play

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "play" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

play

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "play" by speech synthesizer

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