Definition of replay in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēˈplā/
[with object]
1Play back (a recording on tape, video, or film): he could stop the tape and replay it whenever he wished
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  • All this is to say that I don't know why in the world these studios don't jump on replaying these films.
  • A monitor in the gallery replayed a short video showing the blinding flash as lightning traveled down the copper filaments from rocket to earth.
  • The tape replays the scene endlessly, just as the myths of the West are repeated so often that they have become clichés.
2Repeat (something, especially an event or sequence of events): she replayed in her mind every detail of the night before
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  • By replaying the traumatic events that lead to a tragic conclusion, Carter aims to prevent the inevitable.
  • He keeps replaying the event in his mind, wishing that he had stayed and asked his son to go jogging.
  • Thus the narrative in both stories is roughly circular, replaying events, lurching into indecision, in an effort to get the true story woven into a whole.
2.1Play (a match) again to decide a winner after the original encounter ended in a draw or contentious result.


Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌplā/
1The playing again of a section of a recording, especially so as to be able to watch an incident more closely: clouds can be studied in speeded-up replay the umpire studied TV replays
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  • She calls it ‘so slowly’, she says ‘Da-donna, so slowly’ so we listen to it on replay.
  • The tracks are of high interest, most likely, because they are so short and demand replay.
  • Or is it that plays are rooted in the moment and are not available for infinite replay as films are.
2An occurrence that closely follows the pattern of a previous event: a replay of last summer’s civil disturbance
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  • The return of events - a replay of the patterns of the past seventy-five years of capital market history - will happen only for the most part.
  • At this moment of crisis, Quinn walks to his apartment expecting that, in a replay of the Wakefield story, nothing has changed, that he can reclaim what he assumes must be his proper place in the world, and with it his old self.
  • This course of action would be more readily embraced by the Ukraine were President Putin's preferred candidate, Viktor Yanukovich, to triumph unexpectedly in the proposed replay of last month's election.
2.1A replayed match.
Example sentences
  • Crowds started to return, and it was apparent that replays of matches, as well as football-related panel and game shows, were attracting new fans to the game.
  • If he or she is a pay-television customer, replays of all matches are available for viewing during the week.
  • This obsessive attention to detail carries through to all aspects of the game - you can spend days messing around with the replays alone.

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Syllabification: re·play

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