There are 2 translations of play in Spanish:

play1

Pronunciation: /pleɪ/

n

  • 1 1.1 u (recreation) juego (m) they learn through play aprenden jugando or a través del juego she watched them at play los observaba mientras jugaban to make great play of sth poner* gran énfasis en algo 1.2 u [Sport] juego (m) play was interrupted se interrumpió el juego or el partido the ball is out of play la pelota está fuera de juego to bring sth/come into play poner* algo/entrar en juego 1.3 c (turn, move) it's your play now te toca (a ti) 1.4 c (AmE) [Sport] (maneuver) jugada (f) to make a play for sb/sth (also BrE) he made a play for her trató de ganársela or de conquistársela the company made a play for ownership of ABC Industries la compañía intentó hacerse con ABC Industries
  • 2 u (interplay) juego (m) the play of light and shadow el juego de luces y sombras
  • 3 u (slack) [Tech] juego (m) there's not enough play in the schedule el plan de trabajo es demasiado apretado or no deja ningún margen to give sth full play dar* rienda suelta a algo
  • 5 c (pun) a play on words un juego de palabras

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There are 2 translations of play in Spanish:

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vt

  • 1 1.1 [hopscotch/leapfrog] jugar* a let's play house vamos a jugar a las madres or a las visitas to play a joke/trick on sb hacerle* or gastarle una broma/una jugarreta a algn 1.2 [football/chess] jugar* (AmL exc RPl) , jugar* a (Esp, RPl) ; [set/tournament] jugar* she plays tennis juega tenis or (Esp, RPl) al tenis
  • 2 2.1 (compete against) [opponent/team] jugar* contra we're playing them in the finals en la final jugamos contra ellosto play sb at sth I used to play her at chess jugaba ajedrez or (Esp, RPl) al ajedrez con ella 2.2 [ball] pasar; [card] tirar, jugar*; [piece] mover* 2.3 (in particular position) [inside left/quarterback] jugar* de which position are you playing? ¿en qué posición juegas?, ¿de qué juegas? 2.4 (use in game) [reserve] alinear, sacar* a jugar
  • 3 (gamble on) jugar* a to play the horses/dogs [colloquial/familiar] jugar* a los caballos/galgos to play the market [Fin] jugar* a la bolsa
  • 5 [Theat] 5.1 [villain/Hamlet] representar el papel de, hacer* de, actuar* de don't play the clown! ¡no (te) hagas el payaso!, ¡no hagas payasadas! don't play the innocent with me! ¡no te me hagas el inocente! 5.2 [drama] representar, dar*; [scene] representar to play it cool hacer* como si nada to play (it) dumb hacerse* el tonto to play (it) safe ir* a la segura, no arriesgarse* to play (it) smart ser* listo to play (it) straight ser* sincero or honesto [Lit] [Theat] representar el papel sin artificios, actuar* con naturalidad 5.3 [theater/town] actuar* en
  • 6 [Audio] [tape/record] poner* they only play classical music (on radio) solo tocan or pasan música clásica
  • 7 (treat) [literario/literary] to play sb fair tratar bien a algn to play sb false engañar a algn
  • 8 (move) (+ adv compl) to play the spotlight over the stage recorrer el escenario con el reflector they played the hoses over the blaze movían las mangueras sobre las llamas
  • 9 (in angling) [Sport] [fish] agotar

vi

  • 1 (amuse oneself) [children] jugar* we tried to persuade him but he wouldn't play [colloquial/familiar] tratamos de convencerlo pero no quiso saber nada to play at sth jugar* a algo they were playing at cops and robbers estaban jugando a ladrones y policías what are you playing at? ¿a qué estás jugando?, ¿qué es lo que te propones? to play with sb/sth jugar* con algn/algo she played with her toys/friends jugaba con sus juguetes/amigos I played with the idea lo pensé, le di vueltas a la idea I feel you're just playing with me me parece que solo estás jugando conmigo or que te estás burlando de mí to play with words jugar* con las palabras we don't have much time/money to play with no disponemos de mucho tiempo/de mucho dinero to play with oneself [euphemism/eufemismo] toquetearse [eufemismo/euphemism] to play fast and loose with sb/sth jugar* con algn/algo
  • 2 [Games] [Sport] jugar* play! ¡que empiece el juego! to play for money jugar* por dinero whose turn is it to play? ¿a quién le toca (jugar)? the court is playing well today la cancha está en buenas condiciones hoy to play fair jugar* limpio to play fair with sb ser* justo con algn to play straight with sb ser* sincero con algn
  • 3 3.1 [Theat] [cast] actuar*, trabajar; [show] ser* representado the musical has been playing to packed houses el musical ha estado llenando las salas 3.2 (pretend) to play dead hacerse* el muerto to play hard to get hacerse* el ( or la etc) interesante
  • 4 [Mus] [musician] tocar* he's going to play for us nos va a tocar algo there was military music playing all day (on radio) tocaron or pasaron música militar todo el día
  • 5 (move) lights played across the night sky un juego de luces recorrió el cielo nocturno a smile played about his lips un atisbo de sonrisa rondaba sus labios

Phrasal verbs

play about

v + adv (BrE)

play along

v + adv (cooperate) I refuse to play along with him/his schemes me niego a hacerle el juego/a tener nada que ver con sus enjuagues [familiar/colloquial] 1.1v + o + adv (deceive, manipulate) manipular, utilizar*

play around

v + adv
jugar*, juguetear [fam & pey] I haven't got time to play around no tengo tiempo para andar con jueguitos [familiar/colloquial] I don't want them playing around with my stereo no quiero que anden (jugando) con mi estéreo [familiar/colloquial] he's playing around with other women anda con otras [familiar/colloquial], tiene líos con otras [familiar/colloquial]

play back

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
poner* (una grabación)

play down

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
[importance] minimizar*; [risk/achievement] quitarle or restarle importancia a, minimizar* they tried to play down the seriousness of the situation intentaron quitarle or restarle importancia a la gravedad de la situación, intentaron minimizar la gravedad de la situación

play in

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
the guests were played in by the band los invitados hicieron su entrada al son de la música de la banda

play off

1.1v + o + adv oponer* to play sb off against sb she plays her parents off against each other hace pelear a sus padres para lograr sus propósitos 1.2v + adv jugar* el desempate the two teams will play off to decide who's promoted los dos equipos jugarán la promoción

play on

v + adv + o
1.1 [fears/generosity] aprovecharse de, explotar 1.2 [words] jugar* con 1.3 (disturb) [nerves/health] afectar

play out

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
1.1 (enact) (usu pass) interpretar 1.2 (finish) [game] terminar, acabar to play out time [Sport] hacer* tiempo 1.3 [Mus] despedir* (con música)

play up

v + adv (BrE) 1.1 (cause trouble) [colloquial/familiar] [child] dar* guerra [familiar/colloquial], portarse mal the car is playing up el coche anda mal or [familiar/colloquial] está haciendo de las suyas my back has been playing up la espalda me ha estado fastidiando or [familiar/colloquial] dando la lata 1.2 (flatter) to play up to sb halagar* a algn, darle* coba a algn (Esp) [familiar/colloquial] 1.1v + o + adv (cause trouble) (BrE) [colloquial/familiar], [child] darle* guerra a [familiar/colloquial] my shoulder's playing me up el hombro me está fastidiando or [familiar/colloquial] dando la lata 1.2v + o + adv, v + adv + o (exaggerate) exagerar

play upon

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