Translation of "play" - English-Russian dictionary

play

verb uk us /pleɪ/
SPORTS/GAMES [ I, T ]

A1 When you play a sport or game, you take part in it.

играть
You play tennis, don't you Sam?
We often used to play cards.
I used to play netball for my school.
I'm playing Tony (= playing against Tony) at squash tonight.
Newcastle are playing against Arsenal tonight.
CHILDREN [ I, T ]

A1 When children play, they enjoy themselves with toys and games.

играть
She likes playing with her dolls.
MUSIC [ I, T ]

A2 to make music with a musical instrument

играть (на музыкальном инструменте)
Tim was playing the piano.
RECORD/RADIO [ I, T ]

A2 If a radio, record, etc plays, it produces sounds, or if you play a radio, record, etc you make it produce sounds.

играть (о музыке)
A radio was playing in the background.
He plays his records late into the night.
ACTING [ T ]

B1 to be a character in a film or play

играть (роль)
Morgan played the father in the film version.
play a joke/trick on sb

B2 to deceive someone as a joke

подшутить над кем-либо/разыграть кого-либо
I played a trick on her and pretended we'd eaten all the food.
→ See also play it by ear , play games , play (it) safe , play for time , play truant

(Translation of “play verb” from the Cambridge English–Russian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)