Difference between Act and Play

What is the difference between Act and Play?

Act as a noun is something done, a deed. while Play as a noun is activity for amusement only, especially among the young.


Part of speech: noun

Definition: Something done, a deed. A state of existence. A product of a legislative body, a statute. The process of doing something. A formal or official record of something done. A division of a theatrical performance. A display of behavior.

Part of speech: verb

Definition: To do something. To perform a theatrical role. To behave in a certain way. To convey an appearance of being. To have an effect (on). To play (a role). To feign. To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).

Example sentence: Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.


Part of speech: noun

Definition: Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.The conduct, or course of a game.An individual's performance in a sport or game.(turn-based games) An action carried out when it is one's turn to play.A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue.A theatrical performance featuring actors.A major move by a business.A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.The extent to which a part of a mechanism can move freely.Sexual role-playing (as in , , ).

Part of speech: verb

Definition: To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation.To take part in amorous activity; to make love, fornicate; to have sex.To play a sport.To produce music using a musical instrument.To act in a performance as the indicated role.To participate in the game indicated.To produce music on the indicated musical instrument.To produce music, the indicated song or style, with a musical instrument.To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording.Contrary to fact, to give an appearance of being.In a game or game-like setting, to maintain a posture of being.

Example sentence: As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.

We hope you now know whether to use Act or Play in your sentence.

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