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re- +‎ play


  • (verb) IPA(key): /ɹiːˈpleɪ/
  • (file)
  • (noun) IPA(key): /ˈɹiːpleɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪ


replay (third-person singular simple present replays, present participle replaying, simple past and past participle replayed)

  1. (transitive) To play again.
  2. (transitive) To display a recording of a previous event, especially multiple times.
    • 1975, Bob Dylan (lyrics), “If You See Her, Say Hello”, in Blood On The Tracks, performed by Bob Dylan:
      Sundown yellow moon / I replay the past / I know every scene by heart / They all went by so fast




replay (plural replays)

  1. An act or instance of replaying (of playing something, such as a game, again); a replaying of (something).
    • 1997, Rick Barba, Michael Knight, Rod Harten, CD-ROM Classics: Cheats and Hints to Your Favorite Games, Prima Games (→ISBN)
      One of the features of Diablo that gives it good replay value is the ability to choose from three character types. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, thus requiring different strategies and tactics.
    • 2007, GameAxis Unwired, page 46:
      It's a no-frills, no-hype game that's not only original in concept but fun to play while providing massive replay value.
    • 2012, Josiah Lebowitz, Chris Klug, Interactive Storytelling for Video Games: Proven Writing Techniques for Role Playing Games, Online Games, First Person Shooters, and more, Taylor & Francis (→ISBN), page 36:
      I've been in many meetings in which the publishers wanted widely branching stories – the kind that allow (and encourage) multiple replays of the game.
  2. A repeat or subsequent playing of some or all of something which was previously broadcast or performed, or a playing of something which was recorded, such as a live event or a television broadcast, the gameplay of a computer game, etc.
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      He met Luis Suarez's cross at the far post, only for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech to show brilliant reflexes to deflect his header on to the bar. Carroll turned away to lead Liverpool's insistent protests that the ball had crossed the line but referee Phil Dowd and assistant referee Andrew Garratt waved play on, with even a succession of replays proving inconclusive.
    • 2015, Jason Mittell, Complex TV: The Poetics of Contemporary Television Storytelling, page 187:
      A more common use of such replays is on reality television, where we often are shown earlier scenes and moments to refresh our memories of previous events and to heighten the dramatic stakes.
    • 2015, Janette Hospital, The Last Magician, page 158:
      Of course, what I'm remembering at this point are my own endless replays, and there's no way of knowing whether they've altered subtly over the years.
  3. A (video or audio) recording of an action or event that is or can be replayed after being recorded; saved video footage (which is, or can be, replayed) of the gameplay of a computer game, a (portion of a) televised sports match, etc.
    Show us that replay one more time.
    • 2001, Mark Walker, The Video Game Almanac:
      The game stores a player's progress on the cartridge and will even automatically save replays of memorable shots.
    • 2004, Levi Buchanan, Full Spectrum Warrior: Prima's Official Strategy Guide:
      When you watch a replay, a time meter appears at the bottom of the screen to show you how far you are into your replay.
    • 2004, Nasser Hussain, Playing With Fire, Penguin UK (→ISBN)
      Manchester were compounded by the controversy over a catch I took in the second innings to dismiss Greg Blewett. [] For the rest of the session until lunch I was watching replays of the catch on the big screen and even in slow motion []
    • 2019, Manuel Armenteros, Anto J. Benitez, Miguel Ángel Betancor, The Use of Video Technologies in Refereeing Football and Other Sports, Routledge (→ISBN)
      A further factor to consider is the value of showing several replays of the same move but from different camera angles. This seems to add importance to the event shown. The transcendence of the action on the football field is greater when []
  4. (sports) A replayed match, often after the first game or match ended in a draw; a rematch.
    • 2008, Jimmy Greaves, Football's Great Heroes and Entertainers:
      As late as 1971 he was still chasing silverware, helping Real reach the European Cup-Winners' Cup final where they were beaten in a replay by a Peter Osgood goal for Chelsea.
  5. A repetition of another event, scene, or occurrence; a recurrence or reenactment.
    • 2003, Sight and Sound - Volume 13, Issues 7-12, page 27:
      Lucia is now the wealthy wife of a well-known orchestra conductor, but like Max she is irresistibly drawn into a replay of their intense liasison, with tragic consequences.
    • 2007, Richard Burt, Shakespeares After Shakespeare:
      A series about two single, late-30-to early-40-something sisters begins with a replay of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet.
    • 2007, Frances Guerin, ‎Roger Hallas, The Image and the Witness: Trauma, Memory and Visual Culture, page 131:
      But Level 5 is a replay with a subtle twist, resetting the plot of Hiroshima mon amour in the context of the events at Okinawa that preceded the catastrophe of Hiroshima.


  • 2004, David S. J. Hodgson, Driver 3: Prima Official Game Guide:
    Before you work on a replay, read the instruction manual and learn what the buttons do.
  • 2008, Game Informer Magazine: For Video Game Enthusiasts, page 34:
    "It would be nice to have a feature that lets you save your (replays) and upload them to Xbox Live, " Perez says.
  • 2015, John Maxwell Taylor, The Enlightenment Quest and the Art of Happiness:
    Their movements are mechanical and their mental and emotional patterns simply cloned, dysfunctional replays of their own and other people's repetitive behavior.

Related terms[edit]





Borrowed from English replay.


  • IPA(key): /reˈplɛj/, /reˈplej/, /riˈplɛj/, /riˈplej/
  • Rhymes: -ɛj, -ej


replay m (invariable)

  1. replay (of a TV footage)



Unadapted borrowing from English replay.


replay n (uncountable)

  1. replay