Die Übersetzung von "play" - Englisch-Französisch Wörterbuch


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.

(Die Übersetzung von "play" von PASSWORT Englisch-Französisch Wörterbuch © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)