(of light) to pass with a flickering movement. To put down or produce (a playing-card) as part of a card game. The job allowed him to bring all his talents into play. The child is playing in the garden; Heis playing with his toys; The little girl wants to play with her friends. She's playing Lady Macbeth; The company is playing in London this week. I'll play you at tennis. He played on my sympathy until I lent him. Oklahoma' is playing at the local theatre. She plays the piano; Who was playing the piano this morning?; He plays (the oboe) in an orchestra. To direct (over or towards something). The playing of a game. The storm played havoc with the farmer's crops. At the start of today's play, England was leading India by fifteen runs. He played the seven of hearts. Of course you can do it it's child's play! (of a play etc ) to be performed. Freedom of movement ( eg in part of a machine). He played his father off against his mother to get more pocket money.