Definition of replay in English:



  • 1Play back (a recording on tape, video, or film)

    ‘he could stop the tape and replay it whenever he wished’
    • ‘I replayed the episodes, and I'm sure I answered some of the questions differently, but the outcome was exactly the same.’
    • ‘Fingering the pages she carefully composed, I replay the intimate record that she left behind, one that she may have shared with only her closest companions.’
    • ‘Back in the family apartment, Giovanni plays a CD that contains one of Andrea's favorite tunes; he keeps replaying one seven-second sample that reminds him of a precious moment with his son.’
    • ‘To replay a digital recording, the stream of pulses is again scanned and the original wave-form reconstructed with any desired degree of accuracy.’
    • ‘Fu rewinds the tape, and as he replays it, he reads aloud Zhao's letter to her.’
    • ‘The scene is replayed in slow motion from a different angle, as the narration kicks in and Henry patiently explains why the man - their friend - had to die.’
    • ‘If the assessors disagree about a candidate's prospects, they can go to the videotape and replay a critical moment.’
    • ‘In a cinema, we can certainly savour our sublime ‘moment’ if what we see stirs feelings of panic; watching a video, we can replay the occasion and ‘pause’ it as many times as we wish.’
    • ‘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 bottom of the frame forms a bureau-like shelf that holds a video monitor that replays the act of Kendrick's drawing the seven dwarves on her hands.’
    • ‘I guarantee you'll find yourself replaying this scene over and over.’
    • ‘‘I've been replaying it at different speeds,’ says Borcherdt.’
    • ‘We would replay our favorite bits, and quote the movie to one another constantly.’
    • ‘The tape replays the scene endlessly, just as the myths of the West are repeated so often that they have become clichés.’
    • ‘A feature entitled From Storyboards to Screen replays the key getaway sequence from the film, with the original storyboards inserted in picture-in-picture format.’
    • ‘In this respect, the music must be relevant, and replaying a radio broadcast won't do the trick.’
    • ‘He rewinds the tape to replay a passage about a girl he was courting at the time, and the ineffable sadness that creeps over his face is heartbreaking.’
    • ‘At first I thought this was a technical glitch with the DVD, so I reversed and replayed the sequence over again three or four times, and there was no skipping and the time display on my player didn't skip at all.’
    • ‘All this is to say that I don't know why in the world these studios don't jump on replaying these films.’
    • ‘Over the course of the next week the images of these planes hitting the Towers would be replayed so often that they are now ghostly visions forever imprinted on my mind.’
  • 2Repeat (something, especially an event or sequence of events)

    ‘she replayed in her mind every detail of the night before’
    • ‘Sonia spends the whole night in torment, replaying episodes of that night in her dreams.’
    • ‘One theorizes that perhaps Darger was replaying arguments he was too meek to engage in during the day.’
    • ‘She replays scenes from her life in dreams, trying to sort out her own self-identity.’
    • ‘On the contrary, she seems to ensure its preservation - through the cover-up of another murder she replays the past, only now with the possibility of a happier ending.’
    • ‘While the festivities and elation make their way into the movie theatre of the mind, to be replayed and rejoiced in years later, it's the fool who forgets the things in between.’
    • ‘Or are these visions of the coming order consigned to replay moribund nightmares of the past.’
    • ‘Araxie internalizes her mother's ‘methods and intentions’ through these rituals, and they are replayed when she herself performs them later.’
    • ‘Inside his head the voice played and replayed the scenarios of possibilities.’
    • ‘He keeps replaying the event in his mind, wishing that he had stayed and asked his son to go jogging.’
    • ‘It is wearingly self-indulgent in the way its author recounts every strategy, replays every achievement, extols every ally.’
    • ‘He thinks it's the relentless sun, but it's his mind replaying little moments that prick his conscience.’
    • ‘And when I wasn't playing it, it was replaying itself in my head - unbidden and sometimes almost unbeknownst.’
    • ‘This, you sense, is a question that has been replayed in Bragg's mind many times since he made his own decisions about his future in the 1950s in Wigton.’
    • ‘Smith's obsession with an uncomfortable, discordant childhood compels her to replay the scenes of trauma over and over again, hoping each time for a different ending.’
    • ‘It never failed to be fascinating reading - the replaying of familiar events and familiar data through the specific lens of organized labor.’
    • ‘Similarly, when the debate over taxes vs. the budget deficit was replayed in the early 1990s, all the short-term forecasts, both positive and negative, were once again off the mark.’
    • ‘After they first have sex, she takes the train home and replays their encounter, mentally cycling through shame, disgust and wild delight until she can hardly sit still in her seat.’
    • ‘There are no lessons to learn from it, no insight to be gained by replaying those parts of the past.’
    • ‘By replaying the traumatic events that lead to a tragic conclusion, Carter aims to prevent the inevitable.’
    • ‘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.’
    rebroadcast, rerun, reshow, replay
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    1. 2.1Play (a match) again to decide a winner after the original encounter ended in a draw or contentious result.


  • 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’
    [count noun] ‘the umpire studied TV replays’
    • ‘Occasional slow-motion replays highlight particularly dexterous handling of cooking pans or ingredients, for example.’
    • ‘The all-too-familiar Pikes sound (the one that you can hear on radio replay due to the Canadian content laws) is back and clear as an icicle on a rainy January day in Anytown, Canada.’
    • ‘For those of you who missed it, CNN's replay of last night's presidential debate begins one hour from now at 2: 00 p.m. Eastern time.’
    • ‘The tracks are of high interest, most likely, because they are so short and demand replay.’
    • ‘She calls it ‘so slowly’, she says ‘Da-donna, so slowly’ so we listen to it on replay.’
    • ‘Or is it that plays are rooted in the moment and are not available for infinite replay as films are.’
    repeat performance, extra performance, additional performance, replay, repeat, repetition
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  • 2An occurrence that closely follows the pattern of a previous event.

    ‘a replay of last summer's civil disturbance’
    • ‘On the contrary, there would be a replay of the collapsed 1976 convention with the mandate of people elected in 1998 beginning to resemble that of members of the second Dáil.’
    • ‘I'm not arguing for a replay of the 70s, but it's pretty tough to make a case for similarities to the early 80s when the last great secular bull began.’
    • ‘This new test may avoid a replay of that devastating scenario by identifying the viruses earlier and with more accuracy,’ said Suarez.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1A replayed match.
      • ‘With victory achieved over their demons and the ‘old enemy’, Marjorie's suggestion that Brixton host the replay is received with muted indifference.’
      • ‘This obsessive attention to detail carries through to all aspects of the game - you can spend days messing around with the replays alone.’
      • ‘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.’
      contest, competition, game, tournament, tie, cup tie, event, fixture, trial, test, test match, meet, bout, fight, duel
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