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[n. in-ter-pley; v. in-ter-pley, in-ter-pley] /n. ˈɪn tərˌpleɪ; v. ˌɪn tərˈpleɪ, ˈɪn tərˌpleɪ/
reciprocal relationship, action, or influence:
the interplay of plot and character.
verb (used without object)
to exert influence on each other.
Origin of interplay
1860-65; inter- + play Unabridged
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  • It's a delicate interplay that takes place every day, in every interaction, for years.
  • The interplay of salty cheese, rosemary, and pungent onion makes this pizza bold and flavorful.
  • Experience the interplay between poetry and visual art at this evening event.
  • The subject is the interplay between cost and quality.
  • Our world is made by the interplay of our environments with our bodies, our reason, and our emotions.
  • The meat salads are so superb, with their interplay of heat and chill, that you might happily construct a whole meal from them.
  • It is the exciting interplay of precious metal tones achieved by layer after layer after layer of silver, bronze and copper.
  • It was a feeling of abstract intellectual delight, a pure interplay of musical and physical motion.
  • Much of the spectacle derives from the interplay of the steel lattice and the concrete shell underneath.
  • Most conditions, it turns out, develop from a subtle interplay among several genes.
British Dictionary definitions for interplay


reciprocal and mutual action and reaction, as in circumstances, events, or personal relations
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for interplay

1862, from inter- + play. "Reciprocal play," thus "free interaction."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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