Translation of "play" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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play verb (ENJOY)

A1 [ I ] When you play, especially as a child, you spend time doing an enjoyable and/or entertaining activity.

The children spent the afternoon playing with their new toys. 孩子们下午在花园里玩耍。
My daughter used to play with the kids next door. 我女儿过去常跟隔壁的孩子们玩。

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play verb (GAME)

A1 [ I or T ] to take part in a game or other organized activity

Do you want to play cards/football (with us)? 你想(和我们)打牌/踢球吗?
Irene won't be able to play in the tennis match on Saturday. 艾琳星期六不能参加比赛。
Which team do you play for? 你为哪支球队效力?
Luke plays centre-forward (= plays in that position within the team). 卢克踢中锋。

B1 [ T ] to compete against a person or team in a game

Who are the Giants playing next week? 下星期阿斯顿维拉队和哪个队比赛?

[ T ] to hit or kick a ball in a game

He played the ball back to the goalkeeper. 他把球踢回给守门员。
A good pool player takes time deciding which shot to play. 一个优秀的斯诺克选手会从容考虑击哪个球。

[ T ] (in a card game) to choose a card from the ones you are holding and put it down on the table

She played the ace of spades. 她出了一张黑桃 A。

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play verb (ACT)

B1 [ I or T ] to perform an entertainment or a particular character in a play, film, etc.

Scottish Opera played to full houses every night. 西北歌剧院每晚演出都爆满。
I didn't realize that "Macbeth" was playing (= being performed) at the festival. 我没想到《麦克白》正在伦敦市政厅上演。
In the movie version, Branagh played the hero. 在电影版中,肯尼斯‧布拉那扮演主人公。

[ T ] to behave or pretend in a particular way, especially in order to produce a particular effect or result

to play dead/dumb 装死/哑巴
Would you mind playing host (= entertaining the guests)? 你来招待客人好吗?
play a joke/trick

B2 to deceive someone to make them laugh or in order to get an advantage over them

She loves playing practical jokes on her friends. 她喜欢对她的朋友们搞恶作剧。
play a part

B2 to help to achieve something

My thanks to everyone who has played a part in saving the hospital. 我向参与拯救这家医院的每一个人表示感谢。

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A2 [ I or T ] to perform music on an instrument or instruments

He learned to play the clarinet at the age of ten. 他10岁就学习吹奏单簧管。
[ + two objects ] Play us a song!/Play a song for us! 给我们奏支曲子吧!
On Radio London they play African and South American music as well as rock and pop. 伦敦广播电台不仅播放摇滚和流行音乐,还播放非洲和南美洲的音乐。
They could hear a jazz band playing in the distance. 他们可以听到远处的爵士乐队在演奏。

A2 [ I or T ] to (cause a machine to) produce sound or a picture

Play the last few minutes of the video again. 把录像带的最后几分钟再放一遍。
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play verb (MOVE)

[ I or T ] to direct or be directed over or onto something

Firefighters played their hoses onto the base of the fire. 消防队员把水龙头对准火源。
A fountain was playing (= sending out water) in the courtyard outside. 外面院子里有个喷泉在喷水。

[ I + adv/prep ] (of something you see, such as light) to move quickly or be seen for a short time

A smile played across/over/on his lips. 他的唇角闪过一丝微笑。

play verb (RISK MONEY)

[ T ] to risk money, especially on the results of races or business deals, hoping to win more money

He plays the horses/the stock market. 他玩赌马/炒股。


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play noun (ACTING)

A2 [ C ] a piece of writing that is intended to be acted in a theatre or on radio or television

a radio play 广播剧
"Did you see the play (= the performance of the play) on Thursday?" "No, I went on Wednesday night." “你星期四去看的那出戏吗?”“不,我星期三去的。”

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play noun (GAME)

[ U ] the activity of taking part in a sport or a game

Rain stopped play during the final of the National Tennis Championship. 下雨使全国网球锦标赛的决赛中断了。

[ C ] US a plan or a small set of actions in a sport

The new pitcher made a great play on that throw to first base. 新投手向一垒投出了精彩的一球。
in/out of play

If a ball is in/out of play, it is/is not in a position where it can be hit, kicked, or thrown.

The ball had gone out of play. 这个球成了死球。
She managed to keep the ball in play. 她成功地把球救了回来。

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play noun (ENJOYMENT)

B2 [ U ] activity that is not serious but done for enjoyment, especially when children enjoy themselves with toys and games

The kids don't get much time for play in the evenings. 孩子们晚上没有多少时间玩。
We watched the children at play in the park. 我们看着公园里的孩子们玩耍。

play noun (MOVEMENT)

[ U ] movement

the play of moonlight across the water 水面上月光闪烁
the play of emotion across/on his face 他面部表情的变化

[ U ] the fact that a rope or a structure is free to move, especially a small distance

Aircraft wings are designed to have a certain amount of play in them. 飞机的机翼设计得有一定的弹性挠度。

(Translation of “play” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)