playacting

playact

[pley-akt]
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; back formation from playacting; see play, act, -ing1

playacting, noun
playactor, noun
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playact

verb
perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in 'Julius Caesar'"; "I played in 'A Christmas Carol'" [syn: act
playacting

noun
the performance of a part or role in a drama [syn: acting
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