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:

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
  • 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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The LOE (Ley Orgánica de Educación) is a Spanish reform of 2006 which established four stages of pre-university education: non-compulsory educación infantil, from birth to six years; compulsory primary education, Primaria, from six to twelve; compulsory secondary education, ESO - Educación Secundaria Obligatoria, from twelve to sixteen; and either two years of Bachillerato, leading to university entrance, or two years of Formación Profesional Específica de Grado Medio, vocational training that can lead to Formación Profesional Específica de Grado Superior. The LOE superseded the LOGSE Ley Orgánica de Ordenación General del Sistema Educativo of 1990. The major change was a reduction in humanities subjects in the curriculum, while citizenship classes Educación para la Ciudadanía were introduced. The latter have been controversial in some quarters.