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WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2017:

Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
IngleseItaliano
play viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (do [sth] for amusement)giocare vi
 The children are playing.
 I bambini stanno giocando.
play [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (perform on: a musical instrument)suonare vtr
 He plays the piano and the guitar.
 Suona il piano e la chitarra.
play [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (music: perform)suonare vtr
 Play another Beethoven sonata.
 Suona un'altra sonata di Beethoven.
play [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (put on, listen to: music, a CD) (musica)ascoltare vtr
  (film, video)vedere, guardare vtr
  (formale)riprodurre vtr
  (raro: dischi)suonare vtr
 I am playing the new CD on the stereo.
 Sto facendo suonare il nuovo cd nello stereo.
 Sto ascoltando il nuovo CD con lo stereo.
play [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (take part in: a sport or game) (sport, attività)giocare a [qlcs] vi
 Who'd like to play tennis? Let's play hide-and-seek!
 Chi vuole giocare a tennis?
play [sb] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (act the role of)recitare vtr
  interpretare, impersonare vtr
 Who wants to play Lady Macbeth?
 Chi vuole recitare la parte di Lady Macbeth?
 Chi vuole interpretare Lady Macbeth?
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (performance) (teatro)spettacolo nm
  (teatro)opera, commedia nf
 I'd like to see a play for my birthday.
 Per il mio compleanno mi piacerebbe andare a vedere uno spettacolo a teatro.
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (drama)opera, opera teatrale nf
 He wrote the play with specific actors in mind.
 Ha scritto l'opera teatrale pensando a degli attori in particolare.
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (recreational activity) (passatempo)divertimento nm
  svago nm
 You have no time for play when you run your own company.
 Non hai tempo per il divertimento quando porti avanti la tua propria azienda.
 
Traduzioni aggiuntive
IngleseItaliano
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. dated (gambling)gioco, gioco d'azzardo nm
 He acquired a lot of debts at play.
 Ha fatto un sacco di debiti col gioco d'azzardo.
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (movement, looseness) (spazio libero)gioco nm
 There's too much play between the wheel and the axle.
 C'è troppo gioco tra la ruota e l'asse.
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (game: turn)turno nm
 It's my play. Can I have the dice, please?
 È il mio turno. Posso avere i dadi per favore?
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (conduct of a game) (modo di giocare)gioco nm
 It's a tournament in which you'll see top class play.
 In questo girone potrai vedere gioco d'alto livello.
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (movement of light) (riflessi)gioco di luce nm
 They watched the play of the sunlight on the water.
 Guardavano il gioco di luci del sole sull'acqua.
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (attention)attenzione nf
  (dei media)spazio nm
 The double murder got a lot of play on the morning news.
 Il duplice omicidio ha avuto molta attenzione nei notiziari del mattino.
 Il duplice omicidio ha avuto ampio spazio nei notiziari del mattino.
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (button) (tasto)play nm
  tasto play nm
 Insert the CD and press play.
 Inserire il CD e premere play.
play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (sport, game: move) (gioco, sport)mossa nf
 In a single amazing play, the baseball team got three outs.
 Con una sola straordinaria mossa la squadra di baseball realizzò tre out.
play viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (take part)partecipare vi
  giocare vi
 We'd like to play, too.
 Piacerebbe anche a noi partecipare.
 Vogliamo giocare anche noi.
play viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (gamble)giocare d'azzardo, scommettere vi
 Minors are not allowed to play.
 Ai minori è vietato giocare d'azzardo.
play viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (jest)scherzare vi
 I didn't mean it. I was only playing.
 Non volevo dire questo. Stavo solo scherzando.
play viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (pretend)simulare, fingere vi
  (informale)fare finta vtr
 She wasn't really injured; she was just playing.
 Non si è fatta male davvero, stava solo simulando.
play viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (feign)fingersi v rif
 He's playing dead.
 Si sta fingendo morto.
play viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (be performed) (teatro: colloquiale)dare vtr
  (teatro)esserci vi
  (teatro)essere in cartellone, andare in scena, essere in programmazione, essere in programma vi
 What's playing tonight?
 Cosa danno a teatro stasera?
 Cosa c'è a teatro stasera?
 Cosa c'è in programma stasera?
play viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (music: perform)suonare vi
 He loves the violin. He plays all day.
 Ama il violino. Suona tutto il giorno.
play [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (stage a performance of) (teatro)rappresentare vtr
  (teatro)essere in cartellone, restare in cartellone, andare in scena, essere in programmazione vi
 They're playing "Waiting for Godot" all week.
 Rappresentano "Aspettando Godot" per tutta la settimana.
 Aspettando Godot va in scena per tutta la settimana.
play [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (bet on)giocare ai cavalli vtr
  scommettere alle corse vi
 He likes to play the horses.
 Gli piace giocare ai cavalli.
play [sb] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (compete against)giocare contro vi
  sfidare vtr
 No one wants to play him because he never loses.
 Nessuno vuole giocare contro di lui perché non perde mai.
 Nessuno vuole sfidarlo perché non perde mai.
play [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (pretend) (fingere qualcosa per gioco)giocare, giocare a fare vi
  comportarsi vi
 Let's play house.
 Giochiamo a fare mamma e papà.
play [sth] vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (direct light, water) (una luce, un getto d'acqua)puntare, dirigere vtr
 He played the spotlight on the entranceway.
 Ha puntato il riflettore sull'entrata.
  Manca qualcosa di importante? Segnala un errore o suggerisci miglioramenti

WordReference English-Italiano Dictionary © 2017:

Compound Forms/Forme composte
IngleseItaliano
bring [sth] into play vtrtransitive verb: Verb taking a direct object--for example, "Say something." "She found the cat." (involve, use) (figurato)far entrare in gioco vtr
 Il ristorante era sull'orlo del fallimento finché non è stato fatto entrare in gioco il famoso esperto che lo ha ristrutturato riportandolo al successo.
by-play azione secondaria nf
child's play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. figurative ([sth] very easy)gioco da ragazzi nm
 I finished the crossword puzzle very quickly; it was child's play.
 This sentence is not a translation of the original sentence. Non scervellarti troppo, è un gioco da ragazzi.
come into play viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (become involved)entrare in gioco
 Tiredness comes into play near the end of a race.
Easter Passion Play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (enactment of Christ's crucifixion)rievocazione della passione di Cristo nf
 The world's most famous Easter Passion Play takes place in Oberammergau.
end play movimento verso la fine
extended play extended play (dischi)
extended-play versione extended play (dischi) nf
fair play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (sportsmanship, fairness)fair play nm
  gioco corretto, gioco leale nm
 The concept of fair play is very important in the Olympics. Technically I win by default, but in the spirit of fair play I'll reschedule the match.
 Nelle Olimpiadi è molto importante il concetto di fair play. Tecnicamente ho vinto a tavolino per l'assenza dell'avversario, ma per una questione di fair play rinvierò la partita.
foul play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (illegal act) (atto illecito)crimine, delitto, reato nm
 The senator died in a car crash but foul play is suspected.
 Il senatore è morto in un incidente d'auto, ma si sospetta che si tratti di un delitto.
free play gioco libero
hand play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (sexual touching)accarezzamento, palpeggiamento nm
  toccarsi v rif
 The couple were enjoying some hand play.
hand-play del gioco di mani
horse-play rumoroso, rozzo (di giochi o scherzi)
if you play your cards right se giochi bene le tue carte
in play adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (ball: not out) (di palla)in gioco
 The ball was in play when the winger crossed it for the centre forward to score.
 La palla era in gioco quando l'ala l'ha passata al centravanti per fare gol.
in play adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." figurative (active)possibile, verosimile agg
  (figurato)in gioco
 Lowering the interest rate is among ideas that are still in play.
 L'abbassamento del tasso di interesse è tra le idee ancora in gioco.
in play advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down." (as a joke)per scherzo, per gioco
 The comment was made in play and not intended to offend anyone.
 Il commento è stato fatto per scherzo e non intendeva offendere nessuno.
it's child's play exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own." (it's extremely easy)è un gioco da ragazzi
 It's so easy to do -- it's child's play, really.
 È così facile che è proprio un gioco da ragazzi.
let's play giochiamo!
long play (long-playing phonograph record)33 giri, LP nm
long play LP nm
long play record,
long-play record
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
(12-inch vinyl record)LP nm
 I don't think you can find long play records any more.
 This sentence is not a translation of the original sentence. Al mercatino sono riuscito a trovare tutti gli LP dei Genesis!
  disco 33 giri, 33 giri, disco in vinile nm
 Non credo che si riescano più a trovare i dischi in vinile.
match play match play
morality play moralità nf
mystery play mistero
mystery play (theater)mistero nm
one-act play commedia di un solo atto nf
out of play fuorigioco nm
passion play nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (drama depicting Christ's suffering) (religione cattolica)rappresentazione della Passione
 Passion Plays are traditionally staged at Easter.
play a CD v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." abbr (put on a compact disc) (di musica)mettere un CD, mettere su un CD vtr
 Olga decided to play a CD while she was driving the car.
  suonare un CD vtr
  (formale)riprodurre un CD vtr
  (informale)mettere un CD, mettere su un CD vtr
play a joke on [sb] fare uno scherzo a qualcuno vtr
play a part v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (act)recitare una parte vtr
 I'd like to play a part in the school musical, so I'm going to audition.
 Mi piacerebbe recitare una parte nel musical scolastico, quindi vado ai provini.
play a part in [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (participate)fare la propria parte vtr
 This was a real community effort, nearly everyone here played a part in creating the newsletter.
 È stato davvero uno sforzo di tutta la comunità, quasi tutti hanno fatto la propria parte nello scrivere la newsletter.
play a part in [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (be partly responsible)contribuire a vi
  fare la propria parte vtr
 Vorrei contribuire all'organizzazione del concerto.
play a role v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (act a part)avere un ruolo v aus
 Several Nixon loyalists played a role in the Watergate scandal.
play a role in [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (act a part in)recitare un ruolo in, recitare una parte in vtr
 My brother's playing a role in the new production of The Phantom of the Opera. My brother is playing a role in the new theatre production.
 Mio fratello recita un ruolo nella nuova produzione di Il fantasma dell'opera. Mio fratello recita una parte nella nuova produzione teatrale.
play a tune v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (music: perform a melody) (musica)suonare un pezzo, suonare un brano vtr
 Suzan taught me to play a tune on the piano.
 Susanna mi ha insegnato a suonare un brano al pianoforte.
play about vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." UK, informal (behave in a frivolous way)perdere tempo, cincischiare, giocherellare vi
 Since we have a lot of work to do, there isn't any time to play about.
 Abbiamo un sacco di lavoro da fare, non mi sembra il caso di stare a giocherellare.
play according to the rules viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (respect the regulations: of game, sport)giocare secondo le regole vi
 Play the game according to the rules outlined below.
play according to the rules viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." figurative (behave fairly)rispettare le regole, giocare secondo le regole vtr
 It's best to play according to the rules if you want to get on at work.
 Se si vuole andare d'accordo con gli altri colleghi, è consigliabile rispettare le regole.
play acting essere falso
play acting fingere v
play acting recitare una parte
play [sth] again vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (live music: perform again)fare un bis vtr
 My wife really likes that tune, so I'm going to ask the band to play it again before we leave.
play [sth] again vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (recorded music: put on again)suonare [qlcs] nuovamente vtr
 Even though the CD is really old, the kids want to play it again and again.
play against [sth/sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (have as an opponent)giocare con, giocare contro vi
 Every time I play against Tom, he beats me in every game.
 This sentence is not a translation of the original sentence. Da anni gioco a scacchi con Camillo e lui mi batte regolarmente, ogni volta!
play along vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." informal, figurative (feign co-operation) (acconsentire o fingere di)dare retta a [qlcn] vtr
  far finta di niente
 I don't always do what my mother suggests, but I play along with her plans to make her happy.
 Non faccio sempre quello che propone mia mamma, ma le do retta per farla contenta.
play along vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (music: play accompaniment) (musica)accompagnare vtr
 Joanna sang while Keith played along on the guitar.
 Joanna cantava mentre Keith la accompagnava con la chitarra.
play along with [sb] accompagnare qcn vtr
play along with [sb] adeguarsi a qualcuno vrif
play area nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (designated zone for children's play)area giochi nf
 The children have a play area well away from the main road.
 I bambini hanno un'area giochi ben lontana dalla strada principale.
play around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." informal (experiment)trafficare vi
 I was just playing around to see if I could get the webcam to work.
 Stavo trafficando un po' per vedere se riuscivo a far funzionare la webcam.
play around vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." informal (be frivolous)giocherellare, giochicchiare vi
  trastullarsi v rif
  perdere tempo vtr
 Quit playing around and get back to work!
 Smetti di giocherellare e torna al lavoro!
play around with [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] informal (tamper)armeggiare con, trafficare con vi
 Someone has been playing around with the projector and now it doesn't work.
 Qualcuno ha armeggiato con il proiettore e ora non funziona.
play around with [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] informal (amuse yourself)trastullarsi con v rif
 The dog was playing around with a stick he'd found on the ground.
 Il cane si trastullava con un bastone trovato per terra.
play at [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (pretend, make believe [sth])giocare a vi
 The children are playing at doctors and nurses.
 This sentence is not a translation of the original sentence. Le mie bambine amano molto giocare a mamme.
play [sth] back,
play back [sth]
vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game."
(replay)riprodurre vtr
 Thomas recorded himself playing guitar and then played the song back.
play ball vtr + n (throw, catch a ball)giocare a palla vi
 Shall we play ball in the park?
 Andiamo al parco a giocare a palla?
play ball with [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (throw, catch a ball with [sb])giocare a palla con vi
 My son often plays ball with the boy from next door.
play ball vtr + n figurative (co-operate)collaborare, cooperare vi
 The deal's off - John won't play ball.
 L'accordo non si fa - John non vuole cooperare.
play ball with [sb] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (co-operate with [sb])collaborare con, cooperare con vi
 The company needs smart people who can play ball with our software development team.
play button nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (control pressed to [sth] start)pulsante di avvio nm
 The slide show is all set up for you to use; just press the play button when you're ready to start.
play [sth] by ear vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." (music: not follow a score) (letterale, musica)suonare [qlcs] a orecchio vtr
 I read music well, but I have a hard time playing by ear. He's amazing, he never learned to read music, he just plays by ear.
 Sono bravo a leggere gli spartiti, ma suonare a orecchio mi è difficile. È incredibile, non ha mai imparato a leggere gli spartiti, suona tutto a orecchio.
play by the rules viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (sport: play fairly and legally)giocare secondo le regole, rispettare le regole vtr
 The problem with John is he doesn't play by the rules.
 Il problema di John è che non gioca rispettando le regole.
play by the rules viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." figurative (behave fairly) (figurato)giocare secondo le regole, rispettare le regole vtr
 Some companies do not play by the rules, and try to get an unfair advantage over their competitors.
play cards giocare a carte nfpl
play catch-up vtr + n informal (get updated)mettersi in pari v rif
 Julia wanted to play catch-up and find out what had happened while she had been away.
play catch-up vtr + n informal (do work missed due to illness) (lavoro)recuperare il tempo perso vtr
  (lavoro)mettersi in pari v rif
 I had to play catch-up after being away from work on sick leave.
play chicken vtr + n (test courage)fare una gara di coraggio, fare una prova di coraggio vtr
 The teenagers played chicken in their cars, driving directly towards one another.
 I ragazzi facevano gare di coraggio con la loro macchina, andando direttamente l'uno contro l'altro.
play date (appointment for children)appuntamento per giocare nm
play dead vi + adj (lie as though dead) (fingersi morto)fare il morto vtr
  fingersi morto v rif
 Some animals play dead as a way of defending themselves when they are in danger.
play dirty v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal, figurative (use unfair or dishonest tactics)giocare sporco vi
 If he continues to play dirty, they will disqualify him from the match.
 Se continua a giocare sporco, lo squalificheranno dall'incontro.
play doctor giocare al dottore
play doctor (theater)drammaturgo chiamato a migliorare una drammaturgia nm
play dough nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (child's modelling clay)plastilina nf
 I create many shapes out of play dough.
 Con la plastilina creo molte forme.
play [sth] down vtr phrasal sepphrasal verb, transitive, separable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, divisible--for example, "call off" [=cancel], "call the game off," "call off the game." informal (minimize significance of)minimizzare vtr
 In my job interview I played down my previous failures and emphasized my successes.
 Durante il colloquio di lavoro ho minimizzato gli insuccessi passati e sottolineato i buoni risultati.
play down the importance of [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (minimize significance of)sminuire l'importanza di vtr
 We are trying to play down the importance of standardized tests in our school.
 Nella nostra scuola stiamo cercando di sminuire l'importanza dei test standardizzati.
play dumb v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (feign ignorance)far finta di niente
  (familiare)fare il finto tonto
 Phil played dumb when his dad asked him if he knew who had broken the window.
 Phil ha fatto il finto tonto quando suo padre gli ha chiesto se sapeva chi aveva rotto la finestra.
play fair viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (games: be sporting)giocare lealmente
 It's the referee's job to ensure that both teams play fair.
 È compito dell'arbitro assicurarsi che entrambe le squadre giochino lealmente.
play fair viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." figurative (behave by the rules)rispettare le regole
 Hey, play fair! Take that ace out of your sleeve right now!
 Ehi, rispetta le regole! Togliti subito quell'asso dalla manica!
play favorites,
UK: play favourites
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
US (show partiality)fare favoritismi
 My boss plays favorites; his buddies get the plum assignments, and the rest of us get the menial work.
 Il mio capo fa favoritismi: i suoi amichetti ottengono i lavori più appetibili, mentre noialtri ci becchiamo quelli più umili.
play fetch v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." informal (dog: retrieve a thrown ball) (cani)giocare a "riporta" vi
 Try playing fetch with your dog every morning.
 Prova a giocare a "riporta" con il tuo cane ogni mattina.
play footsie with [sb],
play footsies with [sb]
v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
informal (collude with)fare il piedino a [qlcn] vtr
play for [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (sport: represent, be on the side of)giocare per vi
 David Beckham plays for his country.
 This sentence is not a translation of the original sentence. Un buon calciatore gioca per la squadra.
play for [sth] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (compete for prize)concorrere per, gareggiare per vi
 The top three teams in the league are all playing for the title.
play for free giocare gratis
play for fun giocare per divertimento
play for time v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (delay [sth])guadagnare tempo vtr
play games vtr + npl informal, figurative (be inconsistent) (comportarsi in modo strano)fare giochetti vtr
  prendere in giro vtr
 I wish Derek would stop playing games and make a clear decision about what he intends to do.
 Vorrei che Derek la smettesse di fare giochetti e prendesse una decisione chiara su cosa intende fare.
play games vtr + npl (do sports, activities)fare sport vtr
 The children spent the afternoon playing games.
 I bambini hanno trascorso il pomeriggio facendo sport.
play God v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." figurative (make life-and-death decisions)giocare a fare dio v
 Ivan opposes euthanasia because he believes that nobody has the right to play God.
play gooseberry vtr + n UK, figurative, informal (be unwanted extra person)fare il terzo incomodo vtr
 Lisa did not want to play gooseberry on another couple's date.
play group asilo infantile nm
play hard to get v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (act aloof toward potential mate)fare il difficile vtr
  (colloquiale)tirarsela v rif
 David really wants Zoe to be his girlfriend, but she's always playing hard to get with him.
play havoc with [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." (bring chaos to)mettere [qlcs] a soqquadro, scombinare, mandare [qlcs] all'aria vtr
 The train strike is playing havoc with my travel plans.
 Lo sciopero dei treni mi sta mandando all'aria il mio piano di viaggio.
play hob with [sth] v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end." US, informal (do mischief to)sconvolgere, stravolgere vtr
play hookey fare sega a scuola nm
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