- to engage in make-believe.
- to be insincere or affected in speech, manner, etc.: It's hard to get away with playacting with members of one's own family.
- to perform in a play.
- to dramatize (something): They playacted the movements of a burglar.
Origin of playact
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Examples from the Web for play-act
Rich people need to play-act their financial largesse, so we can hate them for it.Sting and Hillary Are Just Like You: How the Very Rich Play at Being Very Ordinary
June 24, 2014
I thought he could play-act the thing in his mind too well ever to be the thing itself.Gilian The Dreamer
I am merely vexed that you should play-act to me, and to Bezobiedoff, and to yourself.Youth
It had been helpful and even laudable to play-act the chief scenes when the story was beginning, but now they had no time.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
You're such a sinful old 'ypocrite, that you play-act before yourself, I do believe.The Lord of the Sea
M. P. Shiel
- (intr) to pretend or make believe
- (intr) to behave in an overdramatic or affected manner
- to act in or as in (a play)
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