(tr) to reproduce (an idea, former event, etc) in actions, often by mime
psychiatry to express unconsciously (a repressed impulse or experience) in overt behaviour
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How to use act out in a sentence
I played Cersei Lannister in an adult video parody version of it and was able to act out a fantasy of my own.What Porn Stars Find Sexy on TV: From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Deadliest Catch’ | Aurora Snow | September 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And sports, if anything, just serves as a way to act out this competition on a more melodramatic stage.Cleveland Comes Crawling Back to LeBron: The Masochism of Rust Belt Chic | Arthur Chu | July 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The exact psychological processes of PTSD are poorly understood and the overwhelming majority of veterans never act out violently.Let’s Put Things in Perspective: You’re Still Safer on a Military Base | Robert Beckhusen | April 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So what and how he is able to “act out” and the magnitude of his less-than-stellar decisions is a whole different ballpark.
And you got to act out all those ridiculous punk things in this movie.Rupert Grint Talks About ‘CBGB,’ Harry Potter, and His Butt | Kevin Fallon | October 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A spirit sometimes finds himself as if on a stage, and the pressure of a powerful will bids him to act out his own character.Beyond | Henry Seward Hubbard
We want the nation to act out the principles it believes in.
Relate the plot of some simple play, after which assign a part to each of several to act out.How Girls Can Help Their Country | Juliette Low
He frankly professed relief that he had not after all to go to Court and act out the extravagant compliments he had written.The Art of Letters | Robert Lynd
The girls had full freedom to act out their natures, with little fear of ridicule or criticism.Louisa May Alcott | Louisa May Alcott
Other Idioms and Phrases with act out
Perform or portray something or someone, as in As she read to the class, the teacher had each child act out a different character in the story. [c. 1600]
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