play-act


play-act
v.
1 intr. act in a play.
2 intr. behave affectedly or insincerely.
3 tr. act (a scene, part, etc.).
Derivatives:
play-acting n. play-actor n.

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v
pretend, put on, assume, feign, sham, counterfeit, fake, fabricate, simulate, bluff, impersonate, pass yourself off, act, put on an act, mime, go through the motions
FORMAL affect, dissemble

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playˈ-act intransitive verb
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Main Entry:play

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play-act verb [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they play-act he/she/it play-acts present participle play-acting past tense play-acted past participle play-acted]
Thesaurus: to pretend to do or feel somethingsynonym
Main entry: play-acting

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play-act or play|act «PLAY AKT», intransitive verb.
1. to perform in a dramatic production.
2. Figurative. to make believe; pretend.
–v.t.
to act (a part); portray: »

Figurative. just play-acting the bohemian (Punch).

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ˈplay-act [play-act play-acts play-acted play-acting] ; verb intransitive

He thought she was play-acting but in fact she had really hurt herself.

Main entry:play-actingderived

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • play|act — play act or play|act «PLAY AKT», intransitive verb. 1. to perform in a dramatic production. 2. Figurative. to make believe; pretend. –v.t. to act (a part); portray: »Figurative. just play acting the bohemian (Punch) …   Useful english dictionary

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  • play act — index pretend Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • play-act — index simulate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • play-act — verb 1》 act in a play. 2》 engage in histrionic pretence. Derivatives play acting noun play actor noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • play-act — /ˈpleɪ ækt/ (say play akt) verb (i) to pretend; to behave theatrically or melodramatically. –play acting, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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