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[pley-akt] /ˈpleɪˌækt/
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.
Origin of playact
1895-1900; back formation from playacting; see play, act, -ing1
Related forms
playacting, noun
playactor, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Snap out of that playacting and tell me what you are doing here!

  • Which the playacting have likeways brought him to London along with me.

    Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  • 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 Dana Gatlin

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