Is play a Scrabble word?

Yes, play is a Scrabble word!

...and is worth 9 points in Scrabble, and 10 points in Words with Friends

Play is a valid Scrabble word.

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Dictionary definitions of the word play

The meaning of play


52 definitions of the word play.


  1. Participate in games or sport
  2. Act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome
  3. Play on an instrument
  4. Play a role or part
  5. Be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
  6. Replay (as a melody)
  7. Perform music on (a musical instrument)
  8. Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
  9. Move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly
  10. Bet or wager (money)
  11. Engage in recreational activities rather than work; occupy oneself in a diversion
  12. Pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
  13. Emit recorded sound
  14. Perform on a certain location
  15. Put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game
  16. Engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
  17. Behave in a certain way
  18. Cause to emit recorded audio or video
  19. Manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination
  20. Use to one's advantage
  21. Consider not very seriously
  22. Be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way
  23. Behave carelessly or indifferently
  24. Cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space
  25. Perform on a stage or theater
  26. Be performed or presented for public viewing
  27. Cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
  28. Discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream
  29. Make bets
  30. Stake on the outcome of an issue
  31. Shoot or hit in a particular manner
  32. Use or move
  33. Employ in a game or in a specific position
  34. Contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
  35. Exhaust by allowing to pull on the line


  1. A dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
  2. A theatrical performance of a drama
  3. A preset plan of action in team sports
  4. A deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
  5. A state in which action is feasible
  6. Utilization or exercise
  7. An attempt to get something
  8. Activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules
  9. (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds
  10. The removal of constraints
  11. A weak and tremulous light
  12. Verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously)
  13. Movement or space for movement
  14. Gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement
  15. (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
  16. The act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)
  17. The act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully

What Scrabble words can I make with the letters in play?

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1 Anagram of Play

Anagrams are words that use the same letters as other words, but in a different order.

Anagrams are sometimes called a Word Unscramble

Words that can be created with an extra letter added to play:

Unscramble the letters in play

There are 8 words that can be made by adding another letter to 'play'.

More words that can be made using the letters in play