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acting

[ ak-ting ]
/ ˈæk tɪŋ /
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adjective

serving temporarily, especially as a substitute during another's absence; not permanent; temporary: the acting mayor.
designed, adapted, or suitable for stage performance.
provided with detailed stage directions for the performer: an acting version of a play.

noun

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

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Origin of acting

First recorded in 1595–1605; act + -ing2, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM acting

pro·act·ing, adjectiveun·act·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for acting

acting
/ (ˈæktɪŋ) /

adjective (prenominal)

taking on duties temporarily, esp as a substitute for anotherthe acting president
operating or functioningan acting order
intended for stage performance; provided with directions for actorsan acting version of ``Hedda Gabler''

noun

the art or profession of an actor
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