- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Wordsburlesque, characterize, do, dramatize, emote, enact, feign, ham, impersonate, mime, mimic, mug, parody, perform, personify, play, portray, pretend, rehearse, represent
Examples from the Web for playacting
Snap out of that playacting and tell me what you are doing here!Dorothy Dixon and the Double Cousin
Which the playacting have likeways brought him to London along with me.Great Expectations
Even here his so-called honor is little more than a form of playacting, both maudlin and dishonest.In Defense of Women
H. L. Mencken
At this point her cogitations were interrupted and her playacting spoiled by the unexpected return of mother and Aunt Nettie.Missy