Translation of play in Spanish:
- 1 1.1 uncountable (recreation) they learn through playaprenden jugando or a través del juegoshe watched them at playlos observaba mientras jugabanto make great play of somethingponer gran énfasis en algoExample sentences1.2 uncountable (Sport) play was interrupted
se interrumpió el juego or el partidothe ball is out of playla pelota está fuera de juegoto bring something/come into playponer algo/entrar en juegoExample sentences
- 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.
Example sentences1.3 countable (turn, move) it's your play now
- 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.
te toca (a ti)1.4 countable (American English) (Sport) (maneuver) to make a play for somebody/something (also British English)he made a play for hertrató de ganársela or de conquistárselathe company made a play for ownership of ABC Industriesla compañía intentó hacerse con ABC Industries
- 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.
- 3 uncountable (slack) (Technology) there's not enough play in the scheduleel plan de trabajo es demasiado apretado or no deja ningún margento give something full playExample sentences
- 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.
- 4 countable (Theater)Example sentences
- Her career has included stage roles in plays by Shakespeare, Chekhov and Ibsen.
- The Globe Theatre is a reconstruction of the theatre in which Shakespeare's plays were originally staged.
- I went to see a double bill of two plays by Harold Pinter.
- 1 1.1(hopscotch/leapfrog)let's play house
jugar avamos a jugar a las madres or a las visitasto play a joke/trick on somebodyhacerle or gastarle una broma/una jugarreta a alguienExample sentences1.2
- 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.
jugar (Latin America exc River Plate area)
jugar a (Spain) (River Plate area)(set/tournament)she plays tennis
jugarjuega tenis or (Spain) (River Plate area) al tenisExample sentences
- 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.
- 2 2.1 (compete against)(opponent/team)we're playing them in the finals
jugar contraen la final jugamos contra ellosto play somebody
atsomethingI used to play her at chessjugaba ajedrez or (Spain) (River Plate area) al ajedrez con ellaExample sentences2.2
- 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.
Example sentences2.3 (in particular position)
- 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.
(inside left/quarterback)which position are you playing?
- 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.
jugar de¿en qué posición juegas?
¿de qué juegas?Example sentences
Example sentences2.4 (use in game)
- 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.
- 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.
sacar a jugar
- 3 (gamble on)jugar ato play the horses/dogs [colloquial]jugar a los caballos/galgosto play the market (Finance)Example sentences
- 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)to play the piano/the clarinet
tocartocar el piano/el clarineteExample sentences4.2
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 5 (Theater) 5.1(villain/Hamlet)don't play the clown!
representar el papel de
actuar de¡no (te) hagas el payaso!don't play the innocent with me!
¡no hagas payasadas!¡no te me hagas el inocente!Example sentences
- 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.
(scene)to play it cool
- 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.
representarhacer como si nadato play (it) dumb to play (it) safeir a la segurato play (it) smart
no arriesgarseser listoto play (it) straightser sincero or honesto(Literature, Theater)
representar el papel sin artificios
actuar con naturalidadExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
actuar enExample sentences
- 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.
- 6 (Audio)(tape/record)they only play classical music (on radio)
ponersolo tocan or pasan música clásicaExample sentences
- 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.
- 7 (treat) [literary]to play somebody fairtratar bien a alguiento play somebody falseengañar a alguienExample sentences
- 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?
- 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) (+ adverb complement) to play the spotlight over the stagerecorrer el escenario con el reflectorthey played the hoses over the blazemovían las mangueras sobre las llamasExample sentences
- 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)
- 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.
- 1 (amuse oneself)(children)we tried to persuade him but he wouldn't play [colloquial]
jugartratamos de convencerlo pero no quiso saber nadato play
atsomethingjugarthey were playing at cops and robbers aalgoestaban jugando a ladrones y policíaswhat are you playing at?¿a qué estás jugando?to play
¿qué es lo que te propones?
withsomebody/somethingjugarshe played with her toys/friends conalguien/algojugaba con sus juguetes/amigosI played with the idealo penséI feel you're just playing with me
le di vueltas a la ideame parece que solo estás jugando conmigo or que te estás burlando de míto play with wordsjugar con las palabraswe don't have much time/money to play withno disponemos de mucho tiempo/de mucho dineroto play with oneself [euphemistic]toquetearse [euphemistic]to play fast and loose with somebody/somethingjugar con alguien/algoExample sentences
- 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.
- 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) play!¡que empiece el juego!to play for moneyjugar por dinerowhose turn is it to play?¿a quién le toca (jugar)?the court is playing well todayla cancha está en buenas condiciones hoyto play fair to play fair with somebodyser justo con alguiento play straight with somebodyser sincero con alguien
- 4 (Music)(musician)he's going to play for us
tocarnos va a tocar algothere was military music playing all day (on radio)tocaron or pasaron música militar todo el díaExample sentences
- 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.
- 1verb + adverb (cooperate) I refuse to play along with him/his schemes
- the guests were played in by the band
- 1verb + object + adverb to play somebody off against somebodyshe plays her parents off against each other
- 1 (enact) (usually passive) 2 (finish) to play out time (Sport) 3 (Music)
- 1verb + adverb (British English) 1.1 (cause trouble) [colloquial]
- → play on
juguetear [colloquial] [pejorative]
me niego a hacerle el juego/a tener nada que ver con sus enjuagues [colloquial]2verb + object + adverb (deceive, manipulate)
juguetear [colloquial] [pejorative]I haven't got time to play around
no tengo tiempo para andar con jueguitos [colloquial]I don't want them playing around with my stereo
no quiero que anden (jugando) con mi estéreo [colloquial]he's playing around with other women
anda con otras [colloquial]
tiene líos con otras [colloquial]
poner (una grabación)
(risk/achievement)they tried to play down the seriousness of the situation
quitarle or restarle importancia a
quitarle or restarle importancia a
intentaron quitarle or restarle importancia a la gravedad de la situación
intentaron minimizar la gravedad de la situación
intentaron minimizar la gravedad de la situación
los invitados hicieron su entrada al son de la música de la banda
hace pelear a sus padres para lograr sus propósitos2verb + adverb
jugar el desempatethe two teams will play off to decide who's promoted
los dos equipos jugarán la promoción
despedir (con música)
(child)the car is playing up
dar guerra [colloquial]
dar guerra [colloquial]
el coche anda mal
el coche está haciendo de las suyas [colloquial]my back has been playing up
la espalda me ha estado fastidiando
la espalda me ha estado dando la lata [colloquial]1.2 (flatter)to play up
halagar a alguien
darle coba2verb + object + adverb (cause trouble) (British English) [colloquial]
a alguien (Spain) [colloquial]
(child)my shoulder's playing me up
darle guerra a [colloquial]
darle guerra a [colloquial]
el hombro me está fastidiando
el hombro me está dando la lata [colloquial]3verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (exaggerate)
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