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Definitions of play-act:
  • verb:   (intransitive) To perform on stage; to act in a play.
  • verb:   (transitive) To play (a scene, role etc.); to act out.
  • verb:   (intransitive, figuratively) To engage in pretence or insincere behavior, often in order to mislead someone or gain an advantage.
  • verb:   (transitive, figuratively) To make a pretence of; to feign or simulate.

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