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playing

 [pla´ing]
engaging in enjoyable, recreational activity.
acting or behaving in a specified way.
role playing a technique used in family therapy and group therapy, particularly psychodrama, in which members of the group act out the behavior of others in specific roles in order to recognize the roles and to clarify role responses and choices.
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Always the thought kept recurring to me that if I had been playing for myself alone I should never have had such luck.
Among other things, he thought it necessary to remind me that he would be sorry to see me playing at the gaming-tables.
Dorothy placed soft cushions in a corner for Billina and her chicks, and had just returned to the Throne and seated herself when the playing of the royal band outside the palace announced the approach of distinguished guests.
One day Samson was standing thus while Miss Nellie was playing her lesson to her music-teacher.
Jimmy's father stopped him from driving imaginary horse-cars one Sunday--stopped him from playing captain of an imaginary steamboat next Sunday--stopped him from leading an imaginary army to battle the following Sunday--and so on.
The Reverend took in the situation--alas, they were playing the Expulsion from Eden
Madame," said Lucien, playing with a little dog, who, recognizing him as a friend of the house, expected to be caressed, "I am not the only one who makes similar complaints, I think I heard Morcerf say that he could not extract a word from his betrothed.
Once, you know, I said that I liked my own playing better than any one's.
Esther was there, playing softly to herself with eyes half closed.
I myself have some pretensions to playing a good game.
Instead of helping you, it seems to you that the other man is simply playing the fool.
When we fell to playing, after breakfast, on the second day away from the caves, Lop-Ear led me a chase through the trees and down to the river.