Definition of playact
: act out 1a
1a : to take part in theatrical performances especially as a professionalb : to make believe
2 : to engage in theatrical or insincere behavior
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Gianforte, a true coward, didn’t admit any wrongdoing until his victory speech, at which point the risks of playacting decency pertained to his criminal case—
Their childhood games were built around insurgency scenarios, playacting that served as rehearsal for the role that Mr. Hart would play years later in Pakistan.
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Origin and Etymology of playact
back-formation from playacting
First Known Use: 1856See Words from the same year
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