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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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British Dictionary definitions for play-act

play-act

verb
1.
(intransitive) to pretend or make believe
2.
(intransitive) to behave in an overdramatic or affected manner
3.
to act in or as in (a play)
Derived Forms
play-acting, noun
play-actor, noun
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