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Translation of "play" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb /plei/
to amuse oneself
The child is playing in the garden He is playing with his toys The little girl wants to play with her friends.
to take part in (games etc)
jugar (a)
He plays football He is playing in goal Here’s a pack of cards – who wants to play (with me)? I’m playing golf with him this evening.
to act in a play etc; to act (a character)
representar, actuar
She’s playing Lady Macbeth The company is playing in London this week.
(of a play etc) to be performed
ser representado
’Oklahoma’ is playing at the local theatre.
to (be able to) perform on (a musical instrument)
She plays the piano Who was playing the piano this morning? He plays (the oboe) in an orchestra.
(usually with on) to carry out or do (a trick)
gastar una broma (a alguien)
He played a trick on me.
(usually with at) to compete against (someone) in a game etc
jugar contra
I’ll play you at tennis.
(of light) to pass with a flickering movement
rielar, bailar
The firelight played across the ceiling.
to direct (over or towards something)
The firemen played their hoses over the burning house.
to put down or produce (a playing-card) as part of a card game
He played the seven of hearts.
player noun
a cricket/football/hockey player.
playable adjective (opposite unplayable) (of a ground, pitch etc) not good enough for a game to be played on it
en condiciones para jugar, bueno para jugar
Because of the rain the referee decided the ground was not playable.
playful adjective happy; full of the desire to play
a playful kitten.
joking; not serious
gracioso, en broma, chistoso
a playful remark.
playfully adverb
en broma, con gracia
She playfully ruffled his hair.
playfulness noun
carácter juguetón, jocosidad
playboy noun a rich man who spends his time and money on pleasure.
playground noun an area in which children can play in a park, outside a school etc
patio de recreo
a school playground.
playing card noun one of a pack of cards used in card games.
carta, naipe
playing field noun a field which is specially prepared and used for sport
campo de juego
a school playing field.
playmate noun a childhood friend.
compañero de juegos
playpen noun a small wooden structure with bars on every side in which a small child can play safely.
parque para niños
playschool noun an informal nursery school.
jardín de infancia, guardería
playscript noun the written text of a play, which is used by actors during rehearsals
Obra de Teatro
He lent me a copy of the playscript.
plaything noun a toy.
playtime noun a set time for children to play (at school etc)
The children go outside at playtime.
playwright noun a person who writes plays
He is a famous playwright.
at play playing
jugando, que juegan
There are children at play in the area.
bring/come into play to (cause to) be used or exercised
ejercitar, utilizar
The job allowed him to bring all his talents into play.
child’s play noun something that is very easy
juego de niños, pan comido
Of course you can do it – it’s child’s play!
in play ( out of play) (of a ball) according to the rules of the game, (not) in a position where it can be hit, kicked etc
dentro/fuera de juego
The ball landed just out of play.
play at phrasal verb to pretend to be etc
jugar a
The children were playing at cowboys and Indians.
used when asking angrily what someone is doing
jugar a
What does he think he’s playing at (=doing)?
play back phrasal verb to play (music, speech etc ) on a record or tape after it has just been recorded (nounplay-back)
volver a poner
play down phrasal verb to try to make (something) appear less important
quitar importancia (a), minimizar
He played down the fact that he had failed the exam.
play fair to act honestly and fairly
jugar limpio
If a player doesn’t play fair, he will be sent off.
play for time to delay an action, decision etc in the hope that conditions will improve
ganar tiempo
He took the ball near the corner flag in order to play for time.
play havoc with to cause a lot of damage to
hacer/causar estragos
The storm played havoc with the farmer’s crops.
play into someone’s hands to do exactly what an opponent or enemy wants one to do
hacerle el juego a alguien
We have to be careful not to play into their hands by reacting angrily to any deliberate provocation.
play off phrasal verb (in games) to play a final deciding game after a draw (nounplay-off)
jugar el desempate
play off against phrasal verb to set (one person) against (another) in order to gain an advantage
oponer una persona a otra
He played his father off against his mother to get more pocket money.
play on phrasal verb to make use of (someone’s feelings, fears etc)
aprovecharse (de), explotar
He played on my sympathy until I lent him $10.
play a/no part in (not) to be one of the people who are doing (something)
(no) tomar parte, (no) participar
He played no part in the robbery.
play safe to take no risks
ir a lo seguro, no arriesgarse
The defender opted to play it safe and kicked the ball out for a throw-in.
play the game to act fairly and honestly.
jugar limpio
play up phrasal verb to be troublesome or disobedient
dar la lata, portarse mal, hacer de las suyas
The children are playing up today.
(Definition of play from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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