acting

[ ak-ting ]
/ ˈæk tɪŋ /

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.

Origin of acting

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

Related forms

pro·act·ing, adjectiveun·act·ing, adjective

Definition for acting (2 of 2)

Origin of act

1350–1400; Middle English act(e) (< Middle French) < Latin ācta, plural of āctum something done, noun use of past participle of agere to do (āg- past participle stem + -tum neuter past participle suffix); and directly < Latin āctus a doing (āg- + -tus suffix of v. action)

SYNONYMS FOR act

4 record.
6 turn, routine.
10–13 perform, function, work. play. 19, 21 play.

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for acting (1 of 4)

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

British Dictionary definitions for acting (2 of 4)

ACT

1

abbreviation for

Australian Capital Territory
(formerly in Britain) advance corporation tax

British Dictionary definitions for acting (3 of 4)

ACT

2
/ (ækt) /

n acronym for

(in New Zealand) Association of Consumers and Taxpayers: a small political party of the right

British Dictionary definitions for acting (4 of 4)

act

/ (ækt) /

noun

verb

See also act on, act out, act up

Derived Forms

actable, adjectiveactability, noun

Word Origin for act

C14: from Latin actus a doing, performance, and actum a thing done, from the past participle of agere to do
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Idioms and Phrases with acting

act


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

also see:

  • 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
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