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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-ting]
    • /ˈæk tɪŋ/
    • /ˈæk.tɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-ting]
    • /ˈæk tɪŋ/

Definitions of acting word

  • uncountable noun acting Acting is the activity or profession of performing in plays or films. 3
  • adjective acting You use acting before the title of a job to indicate that someone is doing that job temporarily. 3
  • adjective acting taking on duties temporarily, esp as a substitute for another 3
  • adjective acting operating or functioning 3
  • adjective acting intended for stage performance; provided with directions for actors 3
  • noun acting the art or profession of an actor 3

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Origin of acting

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
First recorded in 1595-1605; act + -ing2, -ing1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Acting


acting popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

acting usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acting

adj acting

  • temporary — lasting, existing, serving, or effective for a time only; not permanent: a temporary need; a temporary job.
  • deputy — A deputy is the second most important person in an organization such as a business or government department. Someone's deputy often acts on their behalf when they are not there.
  • assistant — Assistant is used in front of titles or jobs to indicate a slightly lower rank. For example, an assistant director is one rank lower than a director in an organization.
  • alternate — When you alternate two things, you keep using one then the other. When one thing alternates with another, the first regularly occurs after the other.
  • interim — an intervening time; interval; meantime: School doesn't start till September, but he's taking a Spanish class in the interim.

noun acting

  • seeming — apparent; appearing, whether truly or falsely, to be as specified: a seeming advantage.
  • depiction — A depiction of something is a picture or a written description of it.
  • imitation — a result or product of imitating.
  • portrayal — the act of portraying.
  • impersonation — to assume the character or appearance of; pretend to be: He was arrested for impersonating a police officer.

adjective acting

  • substitute — a person or thing acting or serving in place of another.
  • stand-in — a substitute for a motion-picture star during the preparation of lighting, cameras, etc., or in dangerous scenes.

Antonyms for acting

adj acting

  • permanent — existing perpetually; everlasting, especially without significant change.

Top questions with acting

  • how to acting?
  • how to get into acting?
  • what is method acting?
  • how to get into voice acting?

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