1 intr. act in a play.
2 intr. behave affectedly or insincerely.
3 tr. act (a scene, part, etc.).
play-acting n. play-actor n.
* * *vpretend, put on, assume, feign, sham, counterfeit, fake, fabricate, simulate, bluff, impersonate, pass yourself off, act, put on an act, mime, go through the motionsFORMAL affect, dissembleCOLLOQ. keep up appearances
* * *playˈ-act intransitive verb• • •Main Entry: ↑play
* * *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 somethingsynonymMain entry: play-acting
* * *play-act or play|act «PLAY AKT», intransitive verb.1. to perform in a dramatic production.2. Figurative. to make believe; pretend.–v.t.
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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 — (plāʹăkt ) intr.v. play ·act·ed, play ·act·ing, play ·acts 1. To play a role in a dramatic performance. 2. To play a pretended role; make believe. 3. To behave in an overdramatic or artificial manner. * * * … Universalium
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
play-act — ► play act engage in pretence in an attention seeking manner. Main Entry: ↑play … English terms dictionary
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
play-act — play acts, play acting, play acted VERB: usu cont If someone is play acting, they are pretending to have attitudes or feelings that they do not really have. The victim revealed he was only play acting … English dictionary
play-act — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To play the part of: act, do, enact, impersonate, perform, play, portray, represent. See ACTION, PERFORMING ARTS, SUBSTITUTE. 2. To behave affectedly or insincerely or take on a false or misleading appearance of:… … English dictionary for students
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
play-act — See: play acting … English dictionary