When you replay something, you play it again, whether it's a soccer match or a blues tune on your guitar. You can even replay, or repeat, a happy event over and over again in your mind.

If you take a video of your kitten playing with a ball of yarn, you can replay it any time you need a little cheering up. And in some sports, teams will replay a game that ends in a tie or is cancelled because of bad weather. This sports meaning is actually the oldest on record for replay, from an 1862 description of a curling match.

Definitions of replay

v play again

“We replayed the game”
replay a point”
Type of:
participate in games or sport

v play (a melody) again

Type of:
play, spiel
replay (as a melody)

v repeat a game against the same opponent

“Princeton replayed Harvard”
Type of:
encounter, meet, play, take on
contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

v reproduce (a recording) on a recorder

play back
Type of:
make a copy or equivalent of

n something (especially a game) that is played again

Type of:
repeat, repetition
an event that repeats

n the immediate rebroadcast of some action (especially sports action) that has been recorded on videotape

action replay, instant replay
Type of:
repeating, repetition
the act of doing or performing again

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