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According to WordNet, the noun "play" has 17 sense(s).
107018931 a theatrical performance of a drama; "the play lasted two hours".
100431893 activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; "Freud believed in the utility of play to a small child".
106780882 verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport".
100556313 a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; "he made a great maneuver"; "the runner was out on a play by the shortstop".
SUMO Mappings: Maneuver (equivalent mapping)
100557588 a preset plan of action in team sports; "the coach drew up the plays for her team".
100947596 utilization or exercise; "the play of the imagination".
SUMO Mappings: Process (subsuming mapping)
100786887 an attempt to get something; "they made a futile play for power"; "he made a bid to gain attention".
100457382 (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; "it is my turn"; "it is still my play".
SUMO Mappings: Maneuver (subsuming mapping)
104774511 movement or space for movement; "there was too much play in the steering wheel".
107411851 a weak and tremulous light; "the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers"; "the play of light on the water".
113993842 the removal of constraints; "he gave free rein to his impulses"; "they gave full play to the artist's talent".
100511817 gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; "it was all done in play"; "their frolic in the surf threatened to become ugly".
115256915 (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; "rain stopped play in the 4th inning".
100041468 the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully.
SUMO Mappings: Contest (subsuming mapping)
100430140 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".
SUMO Mappings: Betting (subsuming mapping)
114009763 a state in which action is feasible; "the ball was still in play"; "insiders said the company's stock was in play".
107007945 a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway".
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