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Noun: acting  ak-ting
  1. The performance of a part or role in a drama
    - playing, playacting, performing
Adjective: acting  ak-ting
  1. Serving temporarily especially as a substitute
    "the acting president"
Verb: act  akt
  1. Perform an action; do something
    "think before you act"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel";
    - move
  2. Show a certain behaviour; conduct or comport oneself
    "You should act like an adult"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people";
    - behave, do
  3. (performing arts) Perform a role or part
    "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role";
    - play, represent
  4. Discharge one's duties
    "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"
  5. Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
    "He acted the idiot";
    - play, act as
  6. Be suitable for theatrical performance
    "This scene acts well"
  7. Have a desired or expected effect or outcome
    "The breaks of my new car act quickly";
    - work
  8. Be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
  9. Behave unnaturally or affectedly
    "She's just acting";
    - dissemble, pretend
  10. (dramaturgy) perform on a stage or theatre
    "She acts in this play"; "He acted in 'Julius Caesar'";
    - play, roleplay, playact

Derived forms: actings

See also: act on, carry on, impermanent, temporary, work

Type of: activity, be, bring home the bacon [informal], come through, come up trumps [Brit, informal], deliver the goods, perform, performing arts, recreate, re-create, serve, succeed, turn up trumps [Brit, informal], win

Antonym: forbear

Part of: performance

Encyclopedia: Acting, Reverse

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