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  1. play·act
    IPA[ˈplāakt]
  2. verb

    • 1. engage in pretense in order to trick someone or gain an advantage:

      I am a professional and I would never playact to get someone sent off she playacted grief when told her husband had died
    • 2. act in a play:

      they don costumes and playact on stage in the town's unoccupied theater
    • 3. act (a scene, role, etc.):

      they were play-acting a western duel
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: play-act, 3rd person present: play-acts, gerund or present participle: play-acting, past tense: play-acted, past participle: play-acted

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