Arabic for play

3azafa
ﻋَﺰَﻑَ
play – past tense he
ya3zifu
ﻳَﻌﺰِﻑُ
play – present tense he

The Arabic verb for play is written ﻋَﺰَﻑَ and pronunced 3azafa in its basic form (past tense masculinum singular). In present tense, the verb is written ﻳَﻌﺰِﻑُ och and pronounced ya3zifu. See more conjugations

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Part of speech: verb. Pattern: verb

Using the word play

Important letters:
The root of the word play consists of the three Arabic letters ayn that is written ﻉ and pronounced 3, zayn that is written ﺯ and pronounced z och fa that is written ﻑ and pronounced f. Words with the same root letters are often related.

Words related to play

All letters in play

ﻋَﺰَﻑَ
ﻋـ
ـﺰ
 
ﻋـ
ـﺰ
 
ﻋـ
ـﻌـ
ـﻊ
ـﺰ
ﻓـ
ـﻔـ
ـﻒ
 
ayn
3
zayn
z
fa
f
 
 
The Arabic word for play consists of: The letter ayn that is written ﻉ ( here ﻋـ ) and pronounced 3 and is a part of the root of the word. The short vowel a that is written as the sign َ above the letter. The letter zayn that is written ﺯ ( here ـﺰ ) and pronounced z and is a part of the root of the word. The short vowel a that is written as the sign َ above the letter. The letter fa that is written ﻑ and pronounced f and is a part of the root of the word. The short vowel a that is written as the sign َ above the letter. Therefore, the word is writen ﻋَﺰَﻑَ and pronounced 3azafa.
Arabic is written from right to left. Short vowels are placed above or under the letters, the are usually omitted.
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The pattern for play

fa3ala becomes 3azafa

We have seen that the Arabic word for play is written ﻋَﺰَﻑَ and pronounced 3azafa. It follows the pattern verb form 1. All Arabic words with this pattern has the structure fa3ala where f, 3 and l is replaced with the root letters of the word.
Since the pattern is fa3ala and the root letters are 3, z and f, the word becomes 3azafa.
All Arabic words with the same pattern follow the same structure. If you know the pattern and root of a word, you can often guess its meaning. Learn more about Arabic word patterns

Words with the same pattern as play

Conjugations of play

past tense
present tense
he
3azafa
ﻋَﺰَﻑَ
he - past tense
ya3zifu
ﻳَﻌﺰِﻑُ
he - present tense
she
3azafat
ﻋَﺰَﻓَﺖ
she - past tense
ta3zifu
ﺗَﻌﺰِﻑُ
she - present tense
I
3azaftu
ﻋَﺰَﻓﺖُ
I - past tense
'a3zifu
ﺃَﻋﺰِﻑُ
I - present tense