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[ ak-ting ]


  1. serving temporarily, especially as a substitute during another's absence; not permanent; temporary:

    the acting mayor.

    Synonyms: interim, provisional

  2. designed, adapted, or suitable for stage performance.
  3. provided with detailed stage directions for the performer:

    an acting version of a play.


  1. the art, profession, or activity of those who perform in stage plays, motion pictures, etc.


/ ˈæktɪŋ /


  1. taking on duties temporarily, esp as a substitute for another

    the acting president

  2. operating or functioning

    an acting order

  3. intended for stage performance; provided with directions for actors

    an acting version of ``Hedda Gabler''


  1. the art or profession of an actor

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  • pro·acting adjective
  • un·acting adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of acting1

First recorded in 1595–1605; act + -ing 2, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

She’s best known for playing neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory,” but the award-winning actress has a rich life outside of her acting career, as a teacher, mother — and a real-life neuroscientist.

The acting from the amazing ensemble cast is superb and Davies’ pitch-perfect casting displays a deep commitment to diversity.

Meghan had a successful acting career, primarily as a star of the cable series “Suits,” but Netflix said she doesn’t plan to return to performing.

From Fortune

Kling adds that Rahav—whose acting was “mature”—also expressed a level of naiveté that suited his character.

From Fortune

Coel’s acting education came in the form of weekly performances at London cafés until the playwright Ché Walker encouraged her to sign up for drama school.

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Even the hot Jewish women I mentioned above did something a bit more “intellectual” than pageantry: acting.

This is acting in every sense of the word—bringing an unevolved animal to life and making it utterly believable.

Acting legend talks about what role is closest to her heart.

To judge her acting abilities for yourself, check out her videos on YouTube for “Sex Shooter.”

But you know, I had only one other hero in my life acting and that was River [Phoenix].

He did not once look back at her; his face seemed full of thought, his hands acting as it were mechanically.

It is not surprising after this to learn that some children are slow in seizing the representative character of acting.

The same is true when children play at being Indians or what not: they are not "acting" in the theatrical sense of the word.

We should infer also from some of the early stage plays, that the "players" used the weed even when acting their parts.

This he did till an evil day when Aunty Rosa pounced upon him unawares and told him that he was "acting a lie."


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