And vs Play - What's the difference?

and | play |

As a proper noun and

is .

As a verb play is

(lb) to act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation or entertainment.

As a noun play is

activity for amusement only, especially among the young.



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Etymology 1

From (etyl) and, an, from (etyl) and, ond, .

Alternative forms

* et (obsolete)


(English Conjunctions)
  • As a coordinating conjunction; expressing two elements to be taken together or in addition to each other.
  • #Used simply to connect two noun phrases, adjectives or adverbs.
  • #* c. 1430' (reprinted '''1888 ), Thomas Austin, ed., ''Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms. 553, & Douce ms. 55 [Early English Text Society, Original Series; 91], London: 374760, page 11:
  • Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke
  • #*:
  • #*:In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
  • #*1817 , (Jane Austen), Persuasion :
  • #*:as for Mrs. Smith, she had claims of various kinds to recommend her quickly and permanently.
  • #*2011 , Mark Townsend, The Guardian , 5 November:
  • #*:‘The UKBA has some serious explaining to do if it is routinely carrying out such abusive and unlawful inspections.’
  • #Simply connecting two clauses or sentences.
  • #*1991 , (Jung Chang), Wild Swans :
  • #*:When she saw several boys carrying a huge wooden case full of porcelain, she mumbled to Jinming that she was going to have a look, and left the room.
  • #*2011 , Helena Smith & Tom Kington, The Guardian , 5 November:
  • #*:"Consensus is essential for the country," he said, adding that he was not "tied" to his post and was willing to step aside.
  • #Introducing a clause or sentence which follows on in time or consequence from the first.
  • #*1996 , David Beasley, Chocolate for the Poor :
  • #*:‘But if you think you can get it, Christian, you're a fool. Set one foot upcountry and I'll kill you.’
  • #*2004 , Will Buckley, The Observer :, 22 August:
  • #*:One more error and all the good work she had done on Friday would be for nought.
  • #(label) Yet; but.
  • #*1611 , Authorised (King James) Version, Bible , Matthew XXII:
  • #*:Hee said, I goe sir, and went not.
  • #Used to connect certain numbers: connecting units when they precede tens (not dated); connecting tens and units to hundreds, thousands etc. (now chiefly UK); to connect fractions to wholes.
  • #*1863 , (Abraham Lincoln), ‘Gettysburg Address’:
  • #*:Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal".
  • #*
  • #*:In Chicago these latter were receiving, for the most part, eighteen and a half cents an hour, and the unions wished to make this the general wage for the next year.
  • #*1956 , (Dodie Smith), (title):
  • #*:The One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
  • # Used to connect more than two elements together in a chain, sometimes to stress the number of elements.
  • #*1623 , (William Shakespeare), Julius Caesar , First Folio, II.2:
  • #*:And these does she apply, for warnings and' portents, / ' And euils imminent; and on her knee / Hath begg'd, that I will stay at home to day.
  • #*1939 , Langley, Ryerson & Woolf, The Wizard of Oz (screenplay):
  • #*:Lions, and' tigers, ' and bears! Oh, my!
  • #Connecting two identical elements, with implications of continued or infinite repetition.
  • #*1611 , Authorised (King James) Version, Bible , Psalms CXLV:
  • #*:I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
  • #*2011 , Jonathan Watts, The Guardian , 18 March:
  • #*:He was at work in a nearby city when the tsunami struck. ‘As soon as I saw it, I called home. It rang and rang, but there was no answer.’
  • #Introducing a parenthetical or explanatory clause.
  • #*1918 , , Prime Ministers and Some Others :
  • #*:The word "capable" occurs in Mr. Fisher's Bill, and rightly, because our mental and physical capacities are infinitely varied.
  • #*2008 , The Guardian , 29 Jan 2008:
  • #*:President Pervez Musharraf is undoubtedly sincere in his belief that he, and he alone, can save Pakistan from the twin perils of terrorism and anarchy.
  • #Introducing the continuation of narration from a previous understood point; also used alone as a question: ‘and so what?’.
  • #*1611 , Authorised (King James) Version, Bible , Revelation XIV:
  • #*:And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps.
  • #*1861 , (Charles Dickens), Great Expectations :
  • #*:‘You take it smoothly now,’ said I, ‘but you were very serious last night, when you swore it was Death.’ ‘And so I swear it is Death,’ said he, putting his pipe back in his mouth.
  • #*1914 , (Saki), ‘The Lull’, Beasts and Superbeasts :
  • #*:‘And , Vera,’ added Mrs. Durmot, turning to her sixteen-year-old niece, ‘be careful what colour ribbon you wear in your hair.’
  • #
  • #*1817 , (Jane Austen), Sanditon :
  • #*:Beyond paying her a few charming compliments and amusing her with gay conversation, had he done anything at all to try and gain her affection?
  • #*1989 , (James Kelman), A Disaffection :
  • #*:Remember and help yourself to the soup! called Gavin.
  • #Introducing a qualitative difference between things having the same name; "as well as other".
  • #*1936 , The Labour Monthly , vol. XVIII:
  • #*:Undoubtedly every party makes mistakes. But there are mistakes and mistakes.
  • #*1972 , Esquire , vol. LXXVIII:
  • #*:"There are managers and there are managers," he tells me. "I'm totally involved in every aspect of Nina's career."
  • #Used to combine numbers in addition; plus (with singular or plural verb).
  • #*1791 , (James Boswell), Life of Samuel Johnson :
  • #*:‘Nobody attempts to dispute that two and two make four: but with contests concerning moral truth, human passions are generally mixed.’
  • #*1871 , (Lewis Carroll), Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There :
  • #*:‘Can you do Addition?’ the White Queen asked. ‘What's one and' one '''and''' one '''and''' one '''and''' one '''and''' one '''and''' one '''and''' one '''and''' one ' and one?’
  • (label) Expressing a condition.
  • #
  • #*1485 , Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur , Book VII:
  • #*:"Where ys Sir Launcelot?" seyde King Arthure. "And he were here, he wolde nat grucche to do batayle for you."
  • #*1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Matthew XIV:
  • #*:Peter answered, and sayde: master, and thou be he, bidde me come unto the on the water.
  • #*1958 , (Shirley Ann Grau), The Hard Blue Sky :
  • #*:"And he went slower," Mike said softly, "he go better."
  • #(label) As if, as though.
  • #*1600 , (William Shakespeare), A Midsummer Night's Dream , I.2:
  • #*:I will roare you, and 'twere any Nightingale.
  • #(label) Even though.
  • #*Francis Bacon
  • #*:As they will set an house on fire, and it were but to roast their eggs.
  • Usage notes
    (Usage notes)
    1. Beginning a sentence with and or other coordinating conjunctions is considered incorrect by classical grammarians arguing that a coordinating conjunction at the start of a sentence has nothing to connect, but use of the word in this way is very common. The practice will be found in literature from Anglo-Saxon times onwards, especially as an aid to continuity in narrative and dialogue. The OED'' provides examples from the 9th century to the 19th century, including one from Shakespeare’s ''King John:'' “''Arthur''. Must you with hot Irons, burne out both mine eyes? ''Hubert.'' Young boy, I must. ''Arthur''. And will you? ''Hubert . And I will.” It is also used for other rhetorical purposes, especially to denote surprise
      (O John! and you have seen him! And are you really going?—1884 in OED )
      and sometimes just to introduce an improvised afterthought
      (I’m going to swim. And don’t you dare watch—G. Butler, 1983)
      It is, however, poor style to separate short statements into separate sentences when no special effect is needed: I opened the door and I looked into the room'' (not *''I opened the door. And I looked into the room''). Combining sentences or starting with ''in addition'' or ''moreover is preferred in formal writing.
    2. is often omitted for contextual effects of various kinds, especially between sequences of descriptive adjectives which can be separated by commas or simply by spaces
      (The teeming jerrybuilt dun-coloured traffic-ridden deafening city—Penelope Lively, 1987)
      is a well-established tag added to the end of a statement, as in
      Isn’t it amazing? He has a Ph.D. and all—J. Shute, 1992
      With the nominal meaning “also, besides, in addition”, the use has origins in dialect, as can be seen from the material from many regions given in the English Dialect Dictionary (often written in special ways, e.g., ). In many of the examples it seems to lack any perceptible lexical meaning and to be just a rhythmical device to eke out a sentence.
    * (used to connect two similar words or phrases) as well as, together with, in addition to * (informal)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) ande, from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * aynd, eind, eynd, yane, end


    (en noun)
  • Breath.
  • Sea-mist; water-smoke.
  • Etymology 3

    From (etyl) anden, from (etyl) . See above.

    Alternative forms

    * eind, eynd, ein


    (en verb)
  • To breathe; whisper; devise; imagine.
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    (en verb)
  • (lb) To act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation or entertainment.
  • :
  • *2001 , Annabelle Sabloff, Reordering the Natural World , Univ. of Toronto Press, p.83:
  • *:A youngstergo on vacation, play in the same way that he did with his friends, and so on.
  • *2003 , Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont et al. (eds.), Joining Society: Social Interaction and Learning in Adolescence and Youth , Cambridge Univ. Press, p.52:
  • *:We had to play for an hour, so that meant that we didn't have time to play and joke around.
  • (lb) To perform in (a sport); to participate in (a game).
  • :
  • #(lb) To compete against, in a game.
  • #*{{quote-news, year=2011, date=November 12, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= International friendly: England 1-0 Spain , passage=England will not be catapulted among the favourites for Euro 2012 as a result of this win, but no victory against Spain is earned easily and it is right they take great heart from their efforts as they now prepare to play Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday.}}
  • (label) To take part in amorous activity; to make love, fornicate; to have sex.
  • *1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , II.iv:
  • *:Her proper face / I not descerned in that darkesome shade, / But weend it was my loue, with whom he playd .
  • (lb) To act as the indicated role, especially in a performance.
  • :
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.}}
  • To produce music or theatre.
  • # To produce music.
  • #*2007 , Dan Erlewine, Guitar Player Repair Guide (ISBN 0879309210), page 220:
  • #*:If your guitar plays well on fretted strings but annoys you on the open ones, the nut's probably worn out.
  • # To produce music using a musical instrument.
  • #:
  • # To produce music (or a specified song or musical style) using (a specified musical instrument).
  • #:
  • # To use a device to watch or listen to the indicated recording.
  • #:
  • # to be shown.
  • #:
  • # To perform in or at; to give performances in or at.
  • #*2008 , My Life: From Normandy to Hockeytown (ISBN 0966412087), p.30:
  • #*:I got a hold of Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong's agent and I explained to him on the phone that, "I know you're playing' London on Wednesday night. Why don't you come and ' play the Arena in Windsor on Saturday night?"
  • #(lb) To act or perform (a play).
  • #:
  • (lb) To behave in a particular way.
  • #(lb) Contrary to fact, to give an appearance of being.
  • #*(rfdate) Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • #*:Thou canst play the rational if thou wilt.
  • #*1985 , Sharon S. Brehm, Intimate Relationships :
  • #*:Playing hard to get is not the same as slamming the door in someone's face.
  • #*1996 , Michael P. Malone, James J Hill: Empire Builder of the Northwest :
  • #*:Now, surveying his final link, he had the nice advantage of being able to play coy with established port cities that desperately wanted his proven railroad.
  • #*2003 , John U. Ogbu, Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb: A Study of Academic Disengagement , p.194:
  • #*:Instead, they played dumb, remained silent, and did their classwork.
  • #(lb) To act with levity or thoughtlessness; to trifle; to be careless.
  • #*(rfdate) Sir (1628–1699):
  • #*:Men are apt to play with their healths.
  • #(lb) To act; to behave; to practice deception.
  • #*(rfdate) (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616):
  • #*:His mother played false with a smith.
  • #(lb) To bring into sportive or wanton action; to exhibit in action; to execute.
  • #:
  • #*(rfdate) (John Milton) (1608-1674):
  • #*:Nature here / Wantoned as in her prime, and played at will / Her virgin fancies.
  • #*
  • #*:The Bat—they called him the Bat.. He'd never been in stir, the bulls had never mugged him, he didn't run with a mob, he played a lone hand, and fenced his stuff so that even the fence couldn't swear he knew his face.
  • (lb) To move in any manner; especially, to move regularly with alternate or reciprocating motion; to operate.
  • :
  • *(rfdate) (1671-1743):
  • *:The heart beats, the blood circulates, the lungs play .
  • *
  • *:The colonel and his sponsor made a queer contrast: Greystone [the sponsor] long and stringy, with a face that seemed as if a cold wind was eternally playing on it.
  • (lb) To move gaily; to disport.
  • *(rfdate) (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616):
  • *:even as the waving sedges play with wind
  • *(rfdate) (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719):
  • *:The setting sun / Plays on their shining arms and burnished helmets.
  • *(rfdate) (Alexander Pope) (1688-1744):
  • *:All fame is foreign but of true desert, / Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart.
  • (lb) To put in action or motion.
  • :
  • (lb) To keep in play, as a hooked fish, in order to land it.
  • Noun

  • Activity for amusement only, especially among the young.
  • * Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
  • She was fond of all boys' plays , and greatly preferred cricket
  • (uncountable) Similar activity, in young animals, as they explore their environment and learn new skills.
  • (uncountable, ethology) "Repeated, incompletely functional behavior differing from more serious versions ..., and initiated voluntarily when ... in a low-stress setting."
  • The conduct, or course of a game.
  • (countable) An individual's performance in a sport or game.
  • (countable) (turn-based games ) An action carried out when it is one's turn to play.
  • (countable) A literary composition, intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue.
  • (countable) A theatrical performance featuring actors.
  • We saw a two-act play in the theatre.
  • (countable) A major move by a business.
  • (countable) A geological formation that contains an accumulation or prospect of hydrocarbons or other resources.
  • (uncountable) The extent to which a part of a mechanism can move freely.
  • No wonder the fanbelt is slipping: there’s too much play in it.
    Too much play in a steering wheel may be dangerous.
  • (uncountable, informal) Sexual role-playing.
  • * 1996 , Sabrina P Ramet, Gender reversals and gender cultures
  • The rarity of male domination in fantasy play is readily explained.
  • * 1996 , "toptigger", (on Internet newsgroup alt.personals.spanking.punishment )
  • Palm Springs M seeks sane F 4 safe bdsm play
  • * 2013 , Rachel Kramer Bussel, Best Bondage Erotica 2014
  • There were none of the usual restrictions on public nudity or sexual interaction in the club environment. Still, the night was young, and as he'd made his way to the bar to order Mistress Ramona a gin and tonic, he'd seen little in the way of play .
  • * 2014 , Jiri T. Servant, Facts About Bondage - Bondage Guide For Beginners
  • This type of play allows some people to relax and enjoy being given pleasure without having to think about giving pleasure back at the same time.
  • (countable) A button that, when pressed, causes media to be played.
  • Synonyms

    * (literary composition) drama * See also

    Derived terms

    * airplay * all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy * at play * bloodplay * child's play * close of play * double play * downplay * fair play * fireplay * force play * foreplay * foul play * grandstand play * learn to play * long play * nativity play * mystery play * outdoor play * passion play * pissplay * playact/play-act * play about * play along * play around * play back * play ball * playbill * playboy * play by ear * play by play, play-by-play * play date, playdate * play dead * play doctor * playdough * play down * play dumb * player * play fair * play fast and loose * play fight/play-fight/playfight * play for love * playful * play games * playground * play hardball * play hard to get * play hob with * play hooky * play house * playhouse * play in * play it by ear * play it safe * play lunch * playmate * play money * playoff/play-off/play off * play Old Harry * play on * play one against another * play one's cards right * play on words * playout/play out * playpen * play possum * playroom * playschool * play second fiddle * play silly buggers * play someone like a fiddle * playsuit * play the angles * play the devil * play the field * play the fool * play the hand one is dealt * play the ponies * play the race card * play the same tape * play the white man * plaything * playtime * play to the gallery * play to win * play truant * play up * play upon * playwear * play with * play with fire * play with oneself * playwright * plug-and-play * power play * quad play * radio play * rain stopped play * roleplay/role play/role-play * screen play/screenplay * shadow play * squeeze play * triple play * turnabout is fair play * two can play that game * war play * when the cat's away the mice will play * word play/wordplay

    See also

    (wikipedia play) * outdoor


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