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  • v. To perform on, or as if on, a stage

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. perform on a stage or theater


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  • Being little, I used to playact my own scenes to them, right in my brother's bedroom.

    Music Sweet Music

  • I wanted to playact a grown-up relationship just like other kids would playact being a doctor.

    Unbearable Lightness

  • But in McCain vs. Obama — the first general election matchup in 56 years that will not include a sitting president or vice president — two senators with minimal executive experience seem to be falling all over themselves to playact the role of president.

    The Early Word: Focus on the Economy - The Caucus Blog -

  • Within the corp-town, everything went cheap; play money let the poor playact at being rich.


  • How was I to playact, behave as if nothing was wrong, when I knew what they were all up to?

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom

  • It reflected the cocky, swaggering, rough-tough cowboy image of someone who likes to playact at being a "real man."

    Robert S. McElvaine: "Bring 'Em On!" - The Fifth Anniversary of Bush's Declaration of Indecency

  • There is sooo much more to do in life than playact.

    Collect Call From Coruscant

  • It's only then that the first genuine sparkle appears in the film, as Tracy and her sophisticated young sister Dinah Virginia Weidler, in one of those annoyingly precocious little kid roles playact before the befuddled journalists, hoping to present a super-exaggerated portrait of the society lifestyle for their benefit.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • Most people have a primal need to dress up in costume and playact on occasion, and though San Francisco has many such occasions, from the Bay to Breakers footrace to Zombie flash mobs, the Monster Costume Ball for the last thirty years has been Halloween.

    The Spirit of Halloween

  • Said to present "characters and tableaus from the Wild West," it often asks AAADT's dignified dancers to playact foolishly through a confused and contrived series of situations drawn from the world of cowboys, often bobbing around on cutesy hobbyhorses.

    Two Modern Dance Revivals


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