re·play • v. / rēˈplā; ˈrē-/ [tr.] 1. play back (a recording on tape, video, or film): he could stop the tape and replay it whenever he wished. ∎ fig. repeat (something, esp. an event or sequence of events): she replayed in her mind every detail of the night before.2. play (a match or contest) again to decide a winner after the original encounter ended in a draw or contentious result.• n. / ˈrēˌplā/ 1. the playing again of a section of a recording, esp. so as to be able to watch an incident more closely: clouds can be studied in speeded-up replay | the umpire studied TV replays. ∎ fig. an occurrence that closely follows the pattern of a previous event: a replay of last summer's civil disturbance.2. a replayed match.