What is the meaning of “at play”?
Other than the meaning of engaged in playful activity, it can also mean:
(1) at play = in play = in action or operation, going on
A number of conflicting forces were in play, so the outcome was uncertain.
= A number of conflicting forces were going on, so the outcome was uncertain.
(2) at play = come into play = to be involved = play a role = relevant
I don’t think that personalities come into play in situations like this.
= I don’t think personalities are at play in situations like this.
= I don’t think that personalities are taken into consideration in situations like this.
There are many factors at play
= There are many factors that play a role
other motives coming into play are …..
= other motives relevant are ……
= other motives at play are ….