playact
verb Etymology: back-formation from playacting Date: 1901 transitive verb act out 1a intransitive verb 1. a. to take part in theatrical performances especially as a professional b. to make believe 2. to engage in theatrical or insincere behavior • playacting noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • playact — index palter Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • playact — [plā′akt΄] vi. 1. to act in a play 2. to pretend; make believe 3. to behave in an affected or dramatic manner playacting n …   English World dictionary

  • playact — playacting, n. playactor, n. /play akt /, v.i. 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. v.t. 4. to… …   Universalium

  • playact — verb To perform on, or as if on, a stage …   Wiktionary

  • playact — v. pretend, feign; act, perform a dramatic role (in a play) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • playact — play•act [[t]ˈpleɪˌækt[/t]] v. i. 1) to engage in make believe 2) to be insincere or affected in speech, manner, etc 3) to perform in a play 4) to dramatize; act out • Etymology: 1895–1900 play′act ing, n. play′ac tor, n …   From formal English to slang

  • 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, ↑play, ↑roleplay • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • roleplay — verb perform on a stage or theater (Freq. 1) She acts in this play He acted in Julius Caesar I played in A Christmas Carol • Syn: ↑act, ↑play, ↑playact • De …   Useful english dictionary

  • playacting — noun see playact …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • compound — compound1 compoundable, adj. compoundedness, n. compounder, n. adj. /kom pownd, kom pownd /; n. /kom pownd/; v. /keuhm pownd , kom pownd/, adj. 1. composed of two or more parts, elements, or ingredients: Soap is a compound substance. 2 …   Universalium

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