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playact

[pley-akt]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to engage in make-believe.
  2. to be insincere or affected in speech, manner, etc.: It's hard to get away with playacting with members of one's own family.
  3. to perform in a play.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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
Related formsplay·act·ing, nounplay·ac·tor, noun
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