Definition of replay in English:


Syllabification: re·play


Pronunciation: /rēˈplā, ˈrē-
[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
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  • 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.
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    • 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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