function as or act like
"This heap of stones will act as a barrier"
act, play, act as(verb)
pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
"He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
pretend, make for, flirt, play, represent, dissemble, dally, recreate, wager, move, wreak, take on, work, toy, roleplay, playact, bet, run, fiddle, spiel, diddle, meet, act, act as, bring, encounter, trifle, behave, do
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