ALL meanings of acting

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  • 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
  • adjective acting adapted for performance on a stage 3
  • adjective acting that acts; functioning 3
  • adjective acting temporarily taking over the duties (of a specified position) 3
  • noun acting the act, art, or occupation of performing in plays, movies, etc. 3
  • noun acting The art or occupation of performing in plays, movies, or television productions. 1
  • adjective acting serving temporarily, especially as a substitute during another's absence; not permanent; temporary: the acting mayor. 1
  • adjective acting designed, adapted, or suitable for stage performance. 1
  • adjective acting provided with detailed stage directions for the performer: an acting version of a play. 1
  • noun acting anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act. 1
  • noun acting the process of doing: caught in the act. 1
  • noun acting a formal decision, law, or the like, by a legislature, ruler, court, or other authority; decree or edict; statute; judgment, resolve, or award: an act of Congress. 1
  • noun acting an instrument or document stating something done or transacted. 1
  • noun acting one of the main divisions of a play or opera: the second act of Hamlet. 1
  • noun acting a short performance by one or more entertainers, usually part of a variety show or radio or television program. 1
  • noun acting the personnel of such a group: The act broke up after 30 years. 1
  • noun acting false show; pretense; feint: The politician's pious remarks were all an act. 1
  • noun acting Philosophy. activity in process; operation. the principle or power of operation. form as determining essence. a state of realization, as opposed to potentiality. 1
  • verb without object acting to do something; exert energy or force; be employed or operative: He acted promptly in the emergency. 1
  • verb without object acting to reach, make, or issue a decision on some matter: I am required to act before noon tomorrow. 1
  • verb without object acting to operate or function in a particular way; perform specific duties or functions: to act as manager. 1
  • verb without object acting to produce an effect; perform a function: The medicine failed to act. 1
  • verb without object acting to behave or conduct oneself in a particular fashion: to act well under all conditions. 1
  • verb without object acting to pretend; feign: Act interested even if you're bored. 1
  • verb without object acting to perform as an actor: He acted in three plays by Molière. 1
  • verb without object acting to be capable of being performed: His plays don't act well. 1
  • verb without object acting to serve or substitute (usually followed by for): In my absence the assistant manager will act for me. 1
  • verb with object acting to represent (a fictitious or historical character) with one's person: to act Macbeth. 1
  • verb with object acting to feign; counterfeit: to act outraged virtue. 1
  • verb with object acting to behave as: He acted the fool. 1
  • verb with object acting Obsolete. to actuate. 1
  • idioms acting act funny, to display eccentric or suspicious behavior. 1
  • idioms acting act one's age, to behave in a manner appropriate to one's maturity: We children enjoyed our uncle because he didn't always act his age. 1
  • idioms acting clean up one's act, Informal. to begin adhering to more acceptable practices, rules of behavior, etc.: The factory must clean up its act and treat its employees better. 1
  • noun acting the profession or occupation of an actor 1
  • noun acting performing, as in theatre 1
  • adjective acting temporary 1
  • adjective acting adapted for performance 1
  • noun acting pretence 1
  • noun acting dramatic behaviour 1
  • noun acting An intended action or deed. 0
  • noun acting Pretending. 0
  • noun acting (drama) The occupation of an actor. 0
  • noun acting (law) The deeds or actions of parties are called actings to avoid confusion with the legal senses of deeds and actions. 0
  • verb acting present participle of act. 0
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