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Definition of play-act verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

play-act

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verb
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they play-act
BrE
 
; NAmE
 
he / she / it play-acts
BrE BrE//ˈpleɪ ækts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪ ækts//
 
past simple play-acted
BrE BrE//ˈpleɪ æktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪ æktɪd//
 
past participle play-acted
BrE BrE//ˈpleɪ æktɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪ æktɪd//
 
-ing form play-acting
BrE BrE//ˈpleɪ æktɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪ æktɪŋ//
 
 
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to behave in a way that seems to be honest and sincere when in fact you are pretending He thought she was play-acting but in fact she had really hurt herself.

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