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play

verb
 
 
/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.Competing in sportCompeting and contending (non-sporting)General terms used in ball sportsActions involved in playing cards
CHILDREN [I, T] A1 When children play, they enjoy themselves with toys and games.
играть
She likes playing with her dolls.Celebrating and entertainingChildren's games
MUSIC [I, T] A2 to make music with a musical instrument
играть (на музыкальном инструменте)
Tim was playing the piano.Playing musicSinging in general
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.Playing musicSinging in generalRecording sounds and images
ACTING [T] B1 to be a character in a film or play
играть (роль)
Morgan played the father in the film version.Acting, rehearsing and performing
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 Behaving in a silly way
(Definition of play verb from the Cambridge English-Russian Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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