verb play·act \ˈplā-ˌakt\

Definition of playact

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  act out 1a

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1a :  to take part in theatrical performances especially as a professionalb :  to make believe

  5. 2 :  to engage in theatrical or insincere behavior



Origin and Etymology of playact

back-formation from playacting

First Known Use: 1856

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