Related formspro·act·ing, adjectiveun·act·ing, adjective
Definition for acting (2 of 2)
- activity in process; operation.
- the principle or power of operation.
- form as determining essence.
- a state of realization, as opposed to potentiality.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to act in accordance with; follow: He acted on my advice.
- to have an effect on; affect: The stirring music acted on the emotions of the audience.
- to demonstrate or illustrate by pantomime or by words and gestures: The party guests acted out stories for one another.
- Psychology. to give overt expression to (repressed emotions or impulses) without insightful understanding: The patients acted out early traumas by getting angry with the analyst.
- to fail to function properly; malfunction: The vacuum cleaner is acting up again.
- to behave willfully: The children always act up in school the day before a holiday.
- to become painful or troublesome, especially after a period of improvement or remission: My arthritis is acting up again this morning.
Origin of act
Examples from the Web for acting
Even the hot Jewish women I mentioned above did something a bit more “intellectual” than pageantry: acting.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is acting in every sense of the word—bringing an unevolved animal to life and making it utterly believable.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.”Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’|Jennie Yabroff|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Bratton was not ready to say that Brinsley was acting as part of a group or as anything but a lone monster.
Acting on this suggestion, we turned back and cantered round to the other side of the cover.Sporting Society, Vol. II (of 2)|Various
Again I trod on air—and yet—and yet—I felt that I was acting like a fool.A Frontier Mystery|Bertram Mitford
Yet, in thus yielding to necessity, she did so protesting that she was acting under compulsion.History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain.|William H. Prescott
Mrs. Eastham was acting as chaperon to the girl, and some heated words passed between her and the two young men.The Stowmarket Mystery|Louis Tracy
Horace Hibbs, acting as official timer, squinted inquiringly at the two teams.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
British Dictionary definitions for acting (1 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for acting (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for acting (3 of 4)
n acronym for
British Dictionary definitions for acting (4 of 4)
- a short performance of skill, a comic sketch, dance, etc, esp one that is part of a programme of light entertainment
- those giving such a performance
Derived Formsactable, adjectiveactability, noun
Word Origin for act
Idioms and Phrases with acting
In addition to the idioms beginning with act
- act of faith
- act of God
- act on
- act one's age
- act out
- act up
- act upon
- catch in the act
- clean up (one's act)
- do a disappearing act
- get in the act
- get one's act together
- hard (tough) act to follow
- high-wire act
- in the act of
- put on an act