Übersetzung von “play” — Englisch–Französisch Wörterbuch


verbplay /plei/
transitive-intransitive to spend time as children do, doing activities, using imagination, etc.

They're outside playing with their friends.
Ils sont dehors à jouer avec leurs amis.

Let's play princesses.
Jouons aux princesses.
transitive-intransitive to take part in a game or sport

Do you like to play football/basketball/tennis/hockey etc.?
Aimez-vous jouer au football/basketball/tennis/hockey etc. ?

kids playing a game of hide-and-seek
des enfants jouant à cache-cache

Cleveland plays Tampa Bay in next week's game.
Cleveland jouera contre Tampa Bay lors du match de la semaine prochaine.
transitive to have a particular position on a team

He plays first base/left back etc.
Il joue première base / arrière gauche etc.
transitive-intransitive to perform a piece of music or perform on an instrument
jouer , interpréter

He plays the piano/guitar/trumpet etc.
Il joue du piano / de la guitare/trompette etc.

The band was playing their most popular song.
L'orchestre jouait/interprétait sa chanson la plus populaire.

The audience was entranced as they listened to her play.
Le public était transporté tandis qu'il l'écoutait jouer.
transitive to act as a particular character
jouer , interpréter

She plays the mother in the film.
Elle joue la mère dans le film.

Brando plays the part of the Godfather.
Brando joue/interpréte le rôle du Parrain.
be playing
(of a movie, play, musical show, etc.) to be currently being shown or performed

The movie's playing at the Westwood Theater.
Le film passe au Westwood Theater.
transitive to trick

He played a trick on us.
Il nous a joué un tour.
play a part/role (in)
to influence or be involved in
jouer un rôle (dans)

Her parents played a part in her decision to go to Yale.
Ses parents ont joué un rôle dans sa décision d'aller à Yale.

The city played a significant role in the defeat of the rebels.
La ville a joué un rôle significatif dans la défaite des rebelles.
play ball (with)
to agree to take part in or join an agreement, activity, etc.
coopérer (avec)

We've found a few other companies who are willing to play ball.
Nous avons trouvé quelques autres sociétés qui veulent coopérer.
play games (with)
to try to hide information or deceive
se moquer (de)

Are drug companies playing games with our health?
Les sociétés pharmaceutiques se moquent-elles de notre santé ?
play with fire
to do sth that involves a lot of risk
jouer avec le feu

Coaches who let injured players participate in games are playing with fire.
Les entraîneurs qui laissent participer aux matches des joueurs blessés jouent avec le feu.
play it smart/cool/safe etc.
to behave in a particular way in order to achieve an effect
se montrer astucieux/-ieuse / calme / prudent/-ente

I decided to play it cool and pretend I didn't care.
Je décidai de me montrer calme et je fis semblant que je m'en fichais.

play around

play around [ ˈpleɪ əˈraʊnd ]
to behave in a silly or irresponsible way
faire l'imbécile

Stop playing around - this is important!
Cesse de faire l'imbécile, c'est important.

play about

verbplay about [ ˈpleɪ əˈbaʊt ] Brit

play back

verb phrasalplay back [ ˈpleɪ ˈbæk ]
to play a recorded sound or image again

Could you play that back to me again?
Pourrais-tu me repasser cela ?

play down

verb phrasalplay down [ ˈpleɪ ˈdaʊn ]
to try to make sth seem less important

The government played down fears of an epidemic.
Le gouvernement a minimisé les craintes d'une épidémie.

play on

verb phrasalplay on [ ˈpleɪ ˌɒn, ˌɔn ]
=exploit; to emphasize or use sb's emotions to gain an advantage for yourself

campaign advertisements that play on people's fears
des publicités qui exploitent les craintes des gens

play up

verb phrasalplay up [ ˈpleɪ ˈʌp ]
to make sth seem important
mettre l'accent sur

He played up the program's faults to get support for his new plan.
Il a mis l'accent sur les défauts du programme pour obtenir de l'aide pour son nouveau projet.

play with

verb phrasalplay with [ ˈpleɪ ˌwɪθ, ˌwɪð ]
to repeatedly touch or pull
jouer avec

He was looking bored and playing with the zipper on his jacket.
Il avait l'air de s'ennuyer et jouait avec la fermeture éclair de sa veste.
to use words, images, sounds, etc. in a way that is interesting or humorous
jouer avec

the way the poet plays with words
la façon dont le poète joue avec les mots
play with sb/play with sb's emotions
to hurt sb emotionally by not being sincere about your feelings
faire marcher qqn

She's just playing with him.
Elle le fait marcher, voilà tout.


nounplay /pleɪ/
countable a performance of a story by actors on a stage
pièce feminine

Our class went to see a play.
Notre classe est allée voir une pièce.

The theater group is putting on a play.
La troupe de théâtre monte une pièce.
countable-uncountable a particular action in a sport, or the action of playing a particular game
jeu masculine

the first play of the game
le premier jeu du match

The referee blew the whistle to stop play.
L'arbitre siffla pour arrêter le jeu.
uncountable the activities of children when they play
jeu masculine

children at play in the school yard
des enfants jouant dans la cour de l'école
come into play
to begin to have an influence
entrer en jeu

Their team is bigger, but that's where our good defense comes into play.
Leur équipe est plus importante mais c'est là où notre défense entre en jeu.
a play on words
a funny or witty use of a word or phrase that has two meanings
un jeu de mots

(Übersetzung von “play” aus dem GLOBAL English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)


verb /plei/

to amuse oneself

The child is playing in the garden
He is playing with his toys
The little girl wants to play with her friends.

to take part in (games etc)

jouer (à)
He plays football
He is playing in goal
Here’s a pack of cards – who wants to play (with me)?
I’m playing golf with him this evening.

to act in a play etc; to act (a character)

She’s playing Lady Macbeth
The company is playing in London this week.

(of a play etc) to be performed

‘Oklahoma’ is playing at the local theatre.

to (be able to) perform on (a musical instrument)

jouer (de)
She plays the piano
Who was playing the piano this morning?
He plays (the oboe) in an orchestra.

(usually with on) to carry out or do (a trick)

jouer (un tour à)
He played a trick on me.

(usually with at) to compete against (someone) in a game etc

jouer (contre)
I’ll play you at tennis.

(of light) to pass with a flickering movement

The firelight played across the ceiling.

to direct (over or towards something)

The firemen played their hoses over the burning house.

to put down or produce (a playing-card) as part of a card game

He played the seven of hearts.
player noun

playable adjective

(negative unplayable) (of a ground, pitch etc) not good enough for a game to be played on it

en bonne condition
Because of the rain the referee decided the ground was not playable.
playful adjective

happy; full of the desire to play

a playful kitten.

joking; not serious

a playful remark.
playfully adverb

en badinant
playfulness noun

playboy noun

a rich man who spends his time and money on pleasure.

playground noun

an area in which children can play in a park, outside a school etc.

cour de récréation
playing card noun

one of a pack of cards used in card games.

carte à jouer
playing field noun

a field which is specially prepared and used for sport.

terrain de jeu/sport
playmate noun

a childhood friend.

(petit(e)) camarade
playschool noun

an informal nursery school.

plaything noun

a toy.

playtime noun

a set time for children to play (at school etc)

The children go outside at playtime.
playwright noun

a person who writes plays

He is a famous playwright.
at play


en train de jouer
There are children at play in the area.
bring/come into play

to (cause to) be used or exercised

mettre/entrer en jeu
The job allowed him to bring all his talents into play.
child’s play

something that is very easy

jeu d’enfant
Of course you can do it – it’s child’s play!
in play ( out of play)

(of a ball) according to the rules of the game, (not) in a position where it can be hit, kicked etc

en jeu; hors jeu
The ball landed just out of play.
play at

to pretend to be etc

jouer à
The children were playing at cowboys and Indians.

used when asking angrily what someone is doing

jouer à
What does he think he’s playing at (=doing)?
play back (play-back)

(ré)écouter; réécoute
play down

to try to make (something) appear less important

He played down the fact that he had failed the exam.
play fair

to act honestly and fairly

jouer franc jeu
If a player doesn’t play fair, he will be sent off.
play for time

to delay an action, decision etc in the hope that conditions will improve

essayer de gagner du temps
He took the ball near the corner flag in order to play for time.
play havoc with

to cause a lot of damage to

The storm played havoc with the farmer’s crops.
play into someone’s hands

to do exactly what an opponent or enemy wants one to do

faire le jeu de
We have to be careful not to play into their hands by reacting angrily to any deliberate provocation.
play off (play-off)

jouer la finale
play off against

to set (one person) against (another) in order to gain an advantage

opposer (qqn à qqn)
He played his father off against his mother to get more pocket money.
play on

to make use of (someone’s feelings, fears etc)

jouer sur
He played on my sympathy until I lent him $10.
play a/no part in

(not) to be one of the people who are doing (something)

(ne pas) prendre part à
He played no part in the robbery.
play safe

to take no risks

ne pas prendre de risques
The defender opted to play it safe and kicked the ball out for a throw-in.
play the game

to act fairly and honestly.

jouer le jeu
play up

to be troublesome or disobedient

faire des siennes
The children are playing up today.



an acted story; a drama

Shakespeare wrote many great plays.

the playing of a game

At the start of today’s play, England was leading India by fifteen runs.

freedom of movement (eg in part of a machine).


(Übersetzung von “play” aus dem PASSWORD English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)