List of common phrasal verbs with PLAY with meaning and examples in English.
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- Meaning: Take part in a charade, deception, or practical joke
- Example: James played along with the frat boys.
- Meaning: Behave in a silly, or childish, or irresponsible way
- Example: Stop playing around, and get on with your homework.
- Meaning: Work with in a non-serious manner
- Example: You could build even more interesting components called amplifiers and begin playing around with amplifiers.
- Meaning: Pretend to be a different person while playing a game
- Example: So we played at being pirates for a while.
- Meaning: Do something in a manner that lacks seriousness, commitment, or professionalism
- Example: In my opinion, John only plays at being an author. He hasn’t sold more than two magazine articles in as many months.
- Meaning: Make or attempt to make something seem less important, likely, or obvious
- Example: The senator played down the threat of a recession.
- Meaning: Pretend not to be embarrassed, upset, impressed or otherwise affected by something
- Example: Although he’s obviously hung over, he’s trying to play it off as food poisoning.
- Meaning: Play music to accompany the end of, or as a final segment in (a programme, broadcast etc.)
- Example: And now, to play us out, please welcome Tom Waits.
- Meaning: Occur in a certain manner
- Example: My date played out a little differently than I imagined.
- Meaning: Misbehave
- Example: Children who do not receive enough attention may begin to play up.
- Meaning: Make or attempt to make something appear more important, likely or obvious; to showcase or highlight
- Example: For the audition, Nicole will play up her skill as a pianist by playing Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach.
Useful phrasal verbs with PLAY.