El verbo play en inglés: conjugación, definición, sinónimos y expresiones

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Tablas de conjugación para jugar en inglés

Conjugación del verbo play en indicativo

Verbo play en present simple

  • I play
  • You play
  • He/she/it plays
  • We play
  • You play
  • They play

Verbo play en present continuous

  • I am playing
  • You are playing
  • He/she/it is playing
  • We are playing
  • You are playing
  • They are playing

Verbo play past simple

  • I played
  • You played
  • He/she/it played
  • We played
  • You played
  • They played

Verbo play en past continuous

  • I was playing
  • You were playing
  • He/she/it was playing
  • We were playing
  • You were playing
  • They were playing

Verbo play en present perfect

  • I have played
  • You have played
  • He/she/it has played
  • We have played
  • You have played
  • They have played

Verbo play en present perfect continuous

  • I have been playing
  • You have been playing
  • He/she/it has been playing
  • We have been playing
  • You have been playing
  • They have been playing

Verbo play en past perfect

  • I had played
  • You had played
  • He/she/it had played
  • We had played
  • You had played
  • They had played

Verbo play en past perfect continuous

  • I had been playing
  • You had been playing
  • He/she/it had been playing
  • We had been jugando a
  • You had been playing
  • They had been playing

Verbo play en future

  • I will play
  • You will play
  • He/she/it will play
  • We will play
  • You will play
  • They will play

Verbo play en future continuous

  • I will be playing
  • You will be playing
  • He/she/it will be playing
  • We will be playing
  • You will be playing
  • They will be playing

Verbo play en future perfect

  • I will have played
  • You will have played
  • He/she/it will have played
  • We will have played
  • You will have played
  • They will have played

Verbo play en future perfect continuous

  • I will have been playing
  • You will have been playing
  • He/she/it will have been playing
  • We will have been playing
  • You will have been playing
  • They will have been playing

Conjugación del verbo play en condicional

Verbo play en conditional present

  • I would play
  • You would play
  • He/she/it would play
  • We would play
  • You would play
  • They would play

Verbo play en conditional present continuous

  • I would be playing
  • You would be playing
  • He/she/it would be playing
  • We would be playing
  • You would be playing
  • They would be playing

Verbo play en conditional perfect

  • I would have played
  • You would have played
  • He/she/it would have played
  • We would have played
  • You would have played
  • They would have played

Verbo play en conditional perfect continuous

  • I would have been playing
  • You would have been playing
  • He/she/it would have been playing
  • We would have been playing
  • You would have been playing
  • They would have been playing

Otras formas

El infinitivo de play

  • to play

Participio presente de play

  • playing

Participio pasado de play

  • played

El imperativo de play

  • play
  • let’s play

Definición de play en inglés

¿Qué significa el verbo play en inglés?

El Cambridge Dictionary ofrece varias definiciones del verbo play.

Veamos las principales:

1. When you play, especially as a child, you spend time doing an enjoyable and/or entertaining activity

Sophie loves playing with her little brother.
→ A Sophie le encanta jugar con su hermano pequeño.

2. To take part in a game or other organized activity

They play poker every Saturday evening.
→ Juegan al póquer todos los sábados por la noche.

3. To compete against a person or team in a game

The top two teams will play each other in the final.
→ Los dos primeros equipos se enfrentarán en la final.

4. To hit or kick a ball in a game

The player played the ball after the whistle.
→ El jugador devolvió el balón tras el pitido.

5. To choose a card from the ones you are holding and put it down on the table (in a card game)

She played the jack of diamonds.
→ Ha jugado a la Jota de Diamantes.

6. To perform an entertainment or a particular character in a play, film, etc.

He played the leading role in the series.
→ Interpretó el papel protagonista de la serie.

7. To behave or pretend in a particular way, especially in order to produce a particular effect or result

Don’t try to play smart.
→ No trates de hacerte el listo.

8. To perform music on an instrument or instruments

I think playing the violin is difficult
→ Creo que es difícil tocar el violín.

9. To (cause a machine to) produce sound or a picture

Can you play this video?
→ ¿Puedes reproducir este vídeo?

10. To direct or be directed over or onto something

A red spotlight was played on his face.
→ Una luz roja iluminó su rostro.

11. To move quickly or be seen for a short time (of something you see, such as light)

Confusion played across her eyes.
→ La confusión cruzó sus ojos.

12. To risk money, especially on the results of races or business deals, hoping to win more money

They lost their entire life savings playing the horses.
→ Perdieron todos sus ahorros apostando a los caballos.

Para consultar la página completa del Cambridge Dictionary, haz clic aquí.

Phrasal verbs con play en inglés

Recordatorio: los phrasal verbs (o “verbos con partícula”) son verbos que, al ir seguidos de otra palabra (la partícula), completan o modifican su significado original.

Éstos son los principales phrasal verbs formados a partir del verbo play:

  • play about (inglés británico) → hacerse el tonto, hacerse el idiota (coloquial)
  • play along → seguir el juego, seguir la corriente (coloquial)
  • play around → juguetear
  • play around with something → jugar con, divertirse con (coloquial)
  • play at something → jugar a (fingir, aparentar)
  • play off → desempatar / eliminatoria (vocabulario deportivo)
  • play on something → aprovecharse de algo
  • play somebody off somebody → poner a alguien en contra de alguien
  • play something again → reproducir (una canción, por ejemplo)
  • play something down → restar importancia a (coloquial)
  • play something out → interpretar, representar (un papel, una obra)
  • play up (inglés británico) → portarse mal (coloquial)
  • play upon something → aprovecharse de algo

Sinónimos de play en inglés

Según el contexto, se puede sustituir el verbo to play por uno de los siguientes verbos:

  • act → actuar (en el teatro o cine)
  • bet → apostar
  • challenge → desafiar
  • compete → competir (en una competición deportiva)
  • contend → competir
  • enact → representar (en el teatro o cine)
  • gamble → jugarse / apostar (dinero)
  • game → jugar a juegos de azar (coloquial)
  • perform → actuar (un espectáculo, música)
  • portray → encarnar, interpretar a alguien (en el teatro)
  • represent → representar (un papel en el teatro)
  • toy → jugar con

Expresiones con play en inglés

  • in play (adverbio) → en broma/chiste (coloquial)
  • play a part in something → participar en algo, tomar parte en algo
  • play both ends against the middle → aprovechar la situación
  • play by the rules → respetar las reglas
  • play cat and mouse with somebody → jugar al gato y al ratón con alguien
  • play catch-up → ponerse al día (coloquial)
  • play dead → hacerse el muerto
  • play dirty → jugar sucio
  • play ducks and drakes with something → malgastar, despilfarrar (dinero, por ejemplo)
  • play favorites (inglés americano), play favourites (inglés británico) → tener favoritismo (coloquial)
  • play fetch → jugar a la pelota, jugar a buscar y traer (con un perro)
  • play gooseberry (inglés británico) → ir de sujetavelas / hacer de carabina
  • play hard to get → hacerse el difícil
  • play hardball → ser despiadado
  • play hooky (inglés americano) → faltar a clase, hacer pellas
  • play politics → jugar tácticamente / hacer política
  • play second fiddle to somebody → ir de segundón / estar a la sombra
  • play the game → jugar al juego / conocer las reglas del juego
  • play the hand you are dealt → arreglárselas con lo que hay
  • play to the gallery → alardear / presumir
  • play with fire → jugar con fuego
  • play your trump card → jugar su mejor carta

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