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play

verb
 
/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.
(Definition of play verb from the Cambridge English-Portuguese Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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