playact

[ pley-akt ]
/ ˈpleɪˌækt /
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verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to dramatize (something): They playacted the movements of a burglar.

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Origin of playact

1895–1900; back formation from playacting;see play, act, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM playact

playacting, nounplayactor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for playact

play-act

verb

(intr) to pretend or make believe
(intr) to behave in an overdramatic or affected manner
to act in or as in (a play)

Derived forms of play-act

play-acting, nounplay-actor, noun
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