player

[pley-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that plays.
2.
a person who takes part or is skilled in some game or sport.
3.
a person who plays parts on the stage; an actor.
4.
a performer on a musical instrument.
5.
Informal. a participant, as in a conference or business deal.
6.
a sound- or image-reproducing machine: a record player; a cassette player; a videodisc player.
7.
a gambler.
8.
Slang. a person engaged in illicit or illegal activity, especially a pimp.
9.
a mechanical device by which a musical instrument, as a player piano, is played automatically.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English pleyer, Old English plegere. See play, -er1

counterplayer, noun
nonplayer, noun
self-player, noun
superplayer, noun
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player (ˈpleɪə)
 
n
1.  a person who participates in or is skilled at some game or sport
2.  a person who plays a game or sport professionally
3.  a person who plays a musical instrument
4.  an actor
5.  informal a participant, esp a powerful one, in a particular field of activity: a leading city player
6.  See record player
7.  the playing mechanism in a Pianola

Player (ˈpleɪə)
 
n
Gary (ˈɡærɪ). born 1935, South African professional golfer: won the British Open Championship (1959; 1968; 1974) and the US Open Championship (1965)

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Example sentences for players
Many players were lost to football due to their military service.
The pizzicato style varies between different players and genres.
Usually, this is not done until a couple of games later in order to confuse new
  players.
Some variants will penalize players for saying mao during game play, often
  severely.
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