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1. n
1) (recreation) gioco

the children were at play — i bambini giocavano

to do/say sth in play — fare/dire qc per scherzo

work and play — lavoro e svago

a play on words — un gioco di parole

2) Sport gioco

play began at 3 o'clock — la partita è cominciata alle 3

there was some good play in the first half — ci sono state delle belle azioni nel primo tempo

to be in/out of play — (ball) essere in/fuori gioco

3) Theatre opera teatrale

radio/television play — commedia radiofonica/per la televisione

a play by Shakespeare — una commedia di Shakespeare

to put on a play — mettere in scena una commedia

4) (Tech: movement, give) gioco

there's not enough play in the rope — la fune non ha abbastanza gioco


(fig phrases) to bring or call into play — (plan) mettere in azione, (emotions) esprimere

to give full play to one's imagination — dare libero sfogo alla propria fantasia

to make great play of sth — giocare molto su qc

to make a play for sb — fare il filo a qn

to make a play for sth — darsi da fare per ottenere qc

the play of light on the water — i giochi di luce sull'acqua

2. vt
1) (match, card) giocare, (cards, chess, tennis) giocare a, (opponent) giocare contro, (chesspiece) muovere

to play a game of tennis — giocare una partita a tennis

I play hockey — gioco a hockey

can you play pool? — sai giocare a biliardo?

to play sb at chess — giocare contro qn a scacchi

Italy will play Scotland next month — il mese prossimo l'Italia giocherà contro la Scozia

they played him in goal — l'hanno fatto giocare in porta

don't play games with me fam — non prendermi in giro

to play a trick on sb — fare uno scherzo a qn

my eyes must be playing tricks on me — devo avere le traveggole

to play the field — (sexually) darsi da fare in campo amoroso

to play a fish Angling — stancare un pesce

2) (perform: role) interpretare, (play) rappresentare, dare, (perform in: town) esibirsi a, dare uno spettacolo (or una serie di spettacoli) a

I would like to play Cleopatra — mi piacerebbe interpretare Cleopatra

to play sth for laughs — interpretare qc in chiave comica

3) (instrument, piece of music) suonare, (record) mettere, (radio) ascoltare

I play the guitar — suono la chitarra

she's always playing that record — ascolta sempre quel disco

4) (direct: light, hose) puntare, dirigere
3. vi
1) (gen) giocare

to play at tennis — giocare a tennis

to go out to play — andar fuori a giocare

to play with a stick — giocherellare con un bastone

he's playing with his friends — sta giocando con gli amici

they're playing at soldiers — stanno giocando ai soldati

to play with fire fig — scherzare col fuoco

to play for money — giocare a soldi

to play for time fig — cercare di guadagnar tempo

to play into sb's hands fig — fare il gioco di qn

to play safe — giocare sul sicuro

to play hard to get — fare il (la)prezioso (-a)

what are you playing at? fam — cosa cavolo stai facendo?

he's just playing at it — non lo sta prendendo sul serio


(move about, form patterns) we watched the fountains playing — guardavamo i giochi d'acqua delle fontane

the sun was playing on the water — il sole creava giochi di luce sull'acqua

a smile played on his lips — un sorriso gli sfiorò le labbra

3) Mus suonare, (radio) essere acceso (-a)

to play on the piano — suonare il piano

4) Theatre Cine recitare (una parte)

to play dead fig — fingere di essere morto (-a)

English-Italian dictionary. 2013.

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