1》 act in a play.
2》 engage in histrionic pretence.
play-acting noun
play-actor noun

English new terms dictionary. 2014.

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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

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  • 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. * * * v pretend, put on, assume, feign, sham, counterfeit, fake, fabricate, simulate, bluff,… …   Useful english 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 — /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