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play·ground

 (plā′ground′)
n.
1.
a. An outdoor area featuring equipment designed for recreation and play, such as seesaws and swings.
b. An indoor area, such as a room at a community center, that is set up with similar equipment.
2. A field or sphere of unrestricted pleasurable activity: "Foreign affairs had been T.R.'s personal playground during his Presidency" (John Dos Passos).

playground

(ˈpleɪˌɡraʊnd)
n
1. an outdoor area for children's play, esp one having swings, slides, etc, or adjoining a school
2. a place or region particularly popular as a sports or holiday resort
3. a sphere of activity: reading was his private playground.

play•ground

(ˈpleɪˌgraʊnd)

n.
1. an area used by children for outdoor recreation, usu. containing play equipment such as slides and swings.
2. any popular recreation area, as a resort.
3. the area or sphere of a particular activity.
[1770–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.playground - an area where many people go for recreationplayground - an area where many people go for recreation
resort hotel, spa - a fashionable hotel usually in a resort area
area, country - a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography); "it was a mountainous area"; "Bible country"
holiday resort, resort, resort hotel - a hotel located in a resort area
spa, watering hole, watering place - a health resort near a spring or at the seaside
borscht belt, borscht circuit, borsht belt, borsht circuit - (informal) a resort area in the Catskill Mountains of New York that was patronized primarily by Jewish guests; "many comedians learned their trade playing the borscht circuit"
2.playground - yard consisting of an outdoor area for children's play
dandle board, seesaw, teeter, teeterboard, teetertotter, teeter-totter, tilting board - a plaything consisting of a board balanced on a fulcrum; the board is ridden up and down by children at either end
playground slide, sliding board, slide - plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide
swing - mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth
curtilage, grounds, yard - the enclosed land around a house or other building; "it was a small house with almost no yard"

playground

noun play park, play area, recreation ground, adventure playground (Brit.) a children's zoo with a playground
Translations
dětské hřištěhřiště
legeplads
leikkikenttä
igralište
játszótér
leikvöllur, róluvöllur
遊び場
운동장
detské ihrisko
igrišče
lekplats
สนามเด็กเล่น
oyun alanıoyun alanı/bahçesi
sân chơi

playground

[ˈpleɪgraʊnd] N (in school) → patio m de recreo (fig) [of millionaires] → paraíso m, lugar m favorito

playground

[ˈpleɪgraʊnd] n
(for children)cour f de récréation
(= popular holiday resort) → terrain m de jeu
St Tropez, playground of the rich and famous → Saint-Tropez, terrain de jeu des riches et célèbres

playground

[ˈpleɪˌgraʊnd] n (in school) → cortile m per la ricreazione; (in park) → parco m giochi inv

play

(plei) verb
1. to amuse oneself. The child is playing in the garden; He is playing with his toys; The little girl wants to play with her friends.
2. to take part in (games etc). He plays football; He is playing in goal; Here's a pack of cards – who wants to play (with me)?; I'm playing golf with him this evening.
3. to act in a play etc; to act (a character). She's playing Lady Macbeth; The company is playing in London this week.
4. (of a play etc) to be performed. `Oklahoma' is playing at the local theatre.
5. to (be able to) perform on (a musical instrument). She plays the piano; Who was playing the piano this morning?; He plays (the oboe) in an orchestra.
6. (usually with on) to carry out or do (a trick). He played a trick on me.
7. (usually with at) to compete against (someone) in a game etc. I'll play you at tennis.
8. (of light) to pass with a flickering movement. The firelight played across the ceiling.
9. to direct (over or towards something). The firemen played their hoses over the burning house.
10. to put down or produce (a playing-card) as part of a card game. He played the seven of hearts.
noun
1. recreation; amusement. A person must have time for both work and play.
2. an acted story; a drama. Shakespeare wrote many great plays.
3. the playing of a game. At the start of today's play, England was leading India by fifteen runs.
4. freedom of movement (eg in part of a machine).
ˈplayer noun
ˈplayable adjective
(negative unplayable) (of a ground, pitch etc) not good enough for a game to be played on it. Because of the rain the referee decided the ground was not playable.
ˈplayful adjective
1. happy; full of the desire to play. a playful kitten.
2. joking; not serious. a playful remark.
ˈplayfully adverb
ˈplayfulness noun
ˈplayboy noun
a rich man who spends his time and money on pleasure.
ˈplayground noun
an area in which children can play in a park, outside a school etc.
ˈplaying-card noun
one of a pack of cards used in card games.
ˈplaying-field noun
a field which is specially prepared and used for sport.
ˈplaymate noun
a childhood friend.
ˈplaypen noun
a small wooden structure with bars on every side in which a small child can play safely.
ˈplayschool noun
an informal nursery school.
ˈplaything noun
a toy.
ˈplaytime noun
a set time for children to play (at school etc). The children go outside at playtime.
ˈplaywright noun
a person who writes plays. He is a famous playwright.
at play
playing. children at play.
bring/come into play
to (cause to) be used or exercised. The job allowed him to bring all his talents into play.
child's play
something that is very easy. Of course you can do it – it's child's play!
in play, out of play
(of a ball) according to the rules of the game, (not) in a position where it can be hit, kicked etc.
play at
1. to pretend to be etc. The children were playing at cowboys and Indians.
2. used when asking angrily what someone is doing. What does he think he's playing at (=doing)?
play back to play (music, speech etc) on a record or tape after it has just been recorded (noun ˈplay-back)
play down
to try to make (something) appear less important. He played down the fact that he had failed the exam.
play fair
to act honestly and fairly.
play for time
to delay an action, decision etc in the hope that conditions will improve.
play havoc with
to cause a lot of damage to. The storm played havoc with the farmer's crops.
play into someone's hands
to do exactly what an opponent or enemy wants one to do.
play off (in games) to play a final deciding game after a draw (noun ˈplay-off)
play off against
to set (one person) against (another) in order to gain an advantage. He played his father off against his mother to get more pocket money.
play on
to make use of (someone's feelings, fears etc). He played on my sympathy until I lent him $10.
play a/no part in
(not) to be one of the people who are doing (something). He played no part in the robbery.
play safe
to take no risks.
play the game
to act fairly and honestly.
play up
to be troublesome or disobedient. The children are playing up today.

playground

مَلْعَب dětské hřiště legeplads Spielplatz παιδική χαρά columpios leikkikenttä cour de récréation igralište parco giochi 遊び場 운동장 speeltuin lekeplass plac gier i zabaw parque infantil, pátio de recreio площадка для игр lekplats สนามเด็กเล่น oyun alanı sân chơi 操场
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