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
  1. verb
    play again
    “We replayed the game”
    replay a point”
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    type of:
    participate in games or sport
  2. verb
    play (a melody) again
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    type of:
    play, spiel
    replay (as a melody)
  3. verb
    repeat a game against the same opponent
    “Princeton replayed Harvard”
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    type of:
    encounter, meet, play, take on
    contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
  4. verb
    reproduce (a recording) on a recorder
    synonyms: play back
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    type of:
    make a copy or equivalent of
  5. noun
    something (especially a game) that is played again
    synonyms: rematch
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    type of:
    repeat, repetition
    an event that repeats
  6. noun
    the immediate rebroadcast of some action (especially sports action) that has been recorded on videotape
    synonyms: action replay, instant replay
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    type of:
    repeating, repetition
    the act of doing or performing again
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