Translation of "play" - English-Portuguese dictionary

play

verb uk /pleɪ/ us /pleɪ/

A1 When you play a sport or game, you compete or are involved in it.

jogar
Sam plays tennis every weekend.
We often used to play cards.

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

brincar
She likes to play with her dolls.

A2 to make music with a musical instrument

tocar
Tim was playing the piano.

A2 to make a CD, DVD, etc. produce sounds or pictures

tocar
Can you play that song again?

B1 to be a character in a movie or play

desempenhar, representar
Who played Darth Vader in Star Wars?

B1 to compete against a person or team in a game

jogar (contra)
Who are Brazil playing in the final?
play a joke/trick on someone

to make someone believe something that is not true as a joke

pregar uma piada/uma peça em alguém
The class played a trick on the teacher.
play your cards right

to behave in the right way so that you get an advantage or succeed in something

fazer certo, fazer bem, agir corretamente
If you play your cards right, you could make quite a lot of money out of this.
noun uk /pleɪ/ us /pleɪ/

A2 a story that is written for actors to perform, usually in a theatre

peça teatral
We saw a play at the theatre.

[ no plural ] things that people, especially children, do to enjoy themselves

brincadeira
a play area

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