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playact

[pley-akt] /ˈpleɪˌækt/
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.
verb (used with object)
4.
to dramatize (something):
They playacted the movements of a burglar.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; back formation from playacting; see play, act, -ing1
Related forms
playacting, noun
playactor, noun
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