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
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    • The children introduced themselves through song and words and we watched them at play.
    • There's a pause in the game, and the TV begins showing cute little kittens at play.
    • While at play, toddlers and young children are usually in the care of older siblings.
    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
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    • He walks off the pitch to get treatment, Nigeria kick the ball out of play so he can come back on.
    • Prop Howard Carr kicked a penalty into touch and the ball bounced back into play after hitting a tree.
    • The ball goes out of play and he gets to his feet with the air about him of a man who'd settle for a corner.
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    • But Woodson is getting more chances to make big plays in the passing game this season.
    • He is strong enough to play off blocks and make plays in the running game and agile enough to be an asset in coverage.
    • At moments in a game great plays are needed, no matter what the defense, and the superstar shifts gears.
  • 2 u (interplay) juego (m) the play of light and shadow el juego de luces y sombras
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    • It also recognises the fact that the free play of markets creates problems for society.
  • 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
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    • The action is smooth, the cylinder locks up tightly with very little play, and the trigger pull is light and crisp.
    • Since then there's been a lot of play in the steering.
  • 5 c (pun) a play on words un juego de palabras

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Word of the day mandado
adj
es muy mandado = he's a real opportunist …
Cultural fact of the day

The RAE (Real Academia de la Lengua Española) is a body established in the eighteenth century to record and preserve the Spanish language. It is made up of académicos, who are normally well-known literary figures and/or academic experts on the Spanish language. The RAE publishes the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, which is regarded as an authority on correct Spanish. Affiliated academies exist in Latin American countries.

There are 2 translations of play in Spanish:

play2

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
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    • Another important factor in playing the lottery is to play within your means.
    • I don't play the lotto and I avoid gambling at all costs.
    • The money people spend playing the lottery keeps some of these taxes from going up.
  • 4 4.1 [instrument] tocar* to play the piano/the clarinet tocar* el piano/el clarinete 4.2 [piece] tocar*, interpretar [formal]; [note] tocar*
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    • Too much emphasis is placed on solitary activities such as playing video games or watching television.
    • As such, the games were quite fun to play, despite their rather basic gameplay.
    • They also played board games like checkers, chess, and dominoes.
  • 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
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    • Reynolds plays the Green Room Sunday night and the Railway Club on Wednesday.
    • He was sheer magic at Garter Lane on his previous visit and should not be missed when he plays the Theatre Royal.
    • The brilliant Backbeat Beatles play the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth on Monday.
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    • In my next film I'm playing a really intense character and I'm nervous.
    • Laurence Olivier plays Lord Nelson, and Vivien Leigh is Emma, Lady Hamilton, who becomes his lover.
    • He plays characters his age and doesn't try to pretend he's 20 years younger than he actually is.
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    • A cynic would say that people enjoy playing the victim and jumping on the grief bandwagon, they enjoy the attention and the sympathy.
    • As a young girl, Cora had always enjoyed playing the nurse for her brother or her cousins.
    • She stood in the corner playing the shy bride in her long red bridal dress.
  • 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
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    • She plays him for a fool, often feigning helplessness just to see what lengths he will go to in order to prove his love for her.
    • A councillor has accused a brewery of playing Bexley Council for a mug over a pub's opening hours.
    • Are you just playing Rob for a sucker, Amber?
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    • The garden was beautiful, plants and shrubs tumbling around a vibrant lawn in the centre of which a fountain tinkled and played.
    • In the centre of the lush garden, an elaborate marble fountain played, spraying sparkling jewels of water into the air.
    • The lawns are mown, the box hedge parterres are neatly clipped and the central fountain plays gently in the sunshine.
  • 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
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    • Pulling the door shut behind her, she leaned against it, a light smile playing across her lips.
    • His soft babyish snores caused her heart to melt and a light smile played upon her lips.
    • Underneath the floppy hair and the trademark goatee, there is a smile playing on his lips, a twinkle in his eye.
  • 9 (in angling) [Sport] [fish] agotar
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    • We spotted that the boat nearest to us had an angler playing a fish and that same fish leapt right in front of our path.
    • Holding the rod high whilst playing a fish is often a recipe for disaster, especially when the fish is close to the boat.
    • Remember the whole rod should be used in playing the fish.

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
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    • Do you know who your children are playing with or where they are playing?
    • Let her use up her energy by playing outside every day and enjoying other lively activities.
    • Last week Cromane Beach was a hive of activity with children playing, swimming and enjoying picnics.
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    • My children don't play with guns, but at lunchtime some were playing at shooting each other.
    • As a child, she had played at being a gun-toting cowgirl.
    • It is like little boys and girls playing doctors and nurses.
  • 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
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    • I used to play netball when I was a teenager, but was never very good at it.
    • Another new initiative was launched this week to get more children playing sport.
    • He enjoyed many sports, and played table tennis for Manchester and tennis for Manchester University.
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    • Omagh were forced to play three championship matches in eight days in October.
    • Yet it was difficult not to feel sorry for Latvia, playing their first match in a major tournament.
    • In the end the match was played amid a torrential downpour, plus thunder and lightning.
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    • In the Test matches, we are playing the second-ranked team in the world so that's very difficult in itself.
    • It is never easy playing a team that is fighting relegation and has had two bad results on the spin.
    • We may just get a bit tense, and that comes down to inexperience, playing the best team in the world.
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    • Now, because they have seen how I play for the national team, they have a new respect for British football.
    • It obviously did the trick, because I became a regular in the first team and went on to play for England.
    • The ultimate goal is to play for Scotland, but there are lots of things before that.
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    • Steven Gerrard plays a long ball from left to right, which Luis Garcia fails to control properly and immediately gives away.
    • Trezeguet is caught marginally offside as Henry plays the ball through to him.
    • Emre plays a cross-field ball from left to right.
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    • The pitch was playing beautifully, but the bowlers stuck to their task.
    • They were invited to bat and scored six for 187, a seemingly fair target on a wicket that was playing well.
    • The wicket wasn't playing that easily, but he knew which shots worked for him on that wicket and was able to adapt his game to that.
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    • Whether England manager Clive Woodward plays him at full-back, on the wing or even at centre on Saturday, he is a certain starter.
    • Woodward, desperate to get the best out of him, has played him in four positions.
    • He was played in the wrong position and did not do too well, but as soon as he moved up front he has got better and better.
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    • Somebody always has to play the role of banker as well as playing their own piece.
    • If you expose the queen of spades, then the first time that someone leads a spade you are not allowed to play the queen if you have other spades.
    • If you have the Ace of trump, you are guaranteed to win the trick you play that in.
  • 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
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    • In The Silver Fleet, she plays opposite another star of the London stage, Ralph Richardson.
    • He has also played in Irish language productions at the Abbey Theatre.
    • Taylor might as well have been playing opposite a wooden Indian for all the response she got from him.
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    • The Rolling Stones played their debut concert at the Marquee club in London in 1962.
    • Not only is he alive, but he's healthy, just short of 60 and still playing packed-out concerts.
    • Jools Holland is playing an open-air concert near Tunbridge Wells soon.
  • 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
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    • While Natalie was calling my mom, I heard someone start playing the drums really loud.
    • She was greatly impressed when she heard Len playing his guitar, and even more impressed with how he could play the piano.
    • As a teenager he played guitar and harmonica with local bands and skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll groups.
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    • As well as playing the flute Rosie plays the piano, violin, guitar and sings.
    • She has taught herself to play rhythm guitar and also plays piano and violin.
    • Franz learnt to play the piano and the violin from his father and brothers, and later the viola.
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    • The concertmaster played a note on his violin and Lev tuned his instrument to it.
    • Inconspicuously, a three piece ensemble plays background music.
    • The best pieces of American Jazz music will be played and performed on stage.
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    • And a third of adults use digital, satellite and cable TV to play the new radio stations.
    • By 9 pm, I had watched a dvd and played some records, and I was ready for something else.
    • Write in to any radio stations you know of and demand that they play this record.
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    • We then walked in silence to the studio, where the last record was still playing.
    • He leaves the front door slightly ajar to hear the early Dylan and Stones records playing from inside.
    • He pauses to savour the Kylie Minogue song playing over the bar sound system.
  • 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

play on

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Word of the day mandado
adj
es muy mandado = he's a real opportunist …
Cultural fact of the day

The RAE (Real Academia de la Lengua Española) is a body established in the eighteenth century to record and preserve the Spanish language. It is made up of académicos, who are normally well-known literary figures and/or academic experts on the Spanish language. The RAE publishes the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, which is regarded as an authority on correct Spanish. Affiliated academies exist in Latin American countries.