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Acting definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ACT'ING, ppr. Doing; performing; behaving; representing the character of another.
ACT'ING, n. Action; act of performing a part of a play.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: serving temporarily especially as a substitute; "the acting president" n
1: the performance of a part or role in a drama [syn: acting, playing, playacting, performing]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 1598 the art or practice of representing a character on a stage or before cameras II. adjective Date: 1797 1. holding a temporary rank or position ; performing services temporarily <acting president> 2. a. suitable for stage performance <an acting play> b. prepared with directions for actors <an acting text of a play>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & attrib. adj. --n. 1 the art or occupation of performing parts in plays, films, etc. 2 in senses of ACT v. --attrib.adj. serving temporarily or on behalf of another or others (acting manager; Acting Captain).

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Act Act, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Acted; p. pr. & vb. n. Acting.] [L. actus, p. p. of agere to drive, lead, do; but influenced by E. act, n.] 1. To move to action; to actuate; to animate. [Obs.] Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul. --Pope. 2. To perform; to execute; to do. [Archaic] That we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity. --Jer. Taylor. Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do. --Barrow. Uplifted hands that at convenient times Could act extortion and the worst of crimes. --Cowper. 3. To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage. 4. To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero. 5. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate. With acted fear the villain thus pursued. --Dryden. To act a part, to sustain the part of one of the characters in a play; hence, to simulate; to dissemble. To act the part of, to take the character of; to fulfill the duties of.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Acting Act"ing, a. 1. Operating in any way. 2. Doing duty for another; officiating; as, an acting superintendent.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Acting is the activity or profession of performing in plays or films. She pursued an acting career after four years of modelling. 2. You use acting before the title of a job to indicate that someone is doing that job temporarily. ...the new acting President. ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Deed, performance, action. 2. Personation, representation, simulation.

Moby Thesaurus

act, action, active, activism, activity, ad interim, affectation, aping, appearance, at work, attitudinizing, behavior, behavioral, bluff, bluffing, buffoonery, business, characterization, cheating, color, coloring, deception, delusion, deputative, deputy, disguise, dissemblance, dissembling, dissimulation, doing, dumb show, embodiment, employment, enacting, enactment, exercise, facade, face, fakery, faking, false air, false front, false show, falsity, feigning, feint, four-flushing, fraud, front, function, functional, functioning, gag, gilt, gloss, going, going on, ham, hammy acting, hoke, hokum, humbug, humbuggery, imitation, impersonation, imposture, in exercise, in force, in hand, in operation, in play, in practice, in process, in the works, inaction, incarnation, interim, masquerade, meretriciousness, mimesis, mimicking, mimicry, miming, movements, mummery, occupation, on foot, on the fire, ongoing, operating, operation, operational, operations, ostentation, outward show, overacting, pantomime, pantomiming, patter, performance, performing, personation, personification, play, playacting, playing, portrayal, pose, posing, posture, practice, practicing, praxis, pretense, pretension, pretext, pro tem, pro tempore, projection, representation, representative, running, seeming, semblance, serving, sham, show, simulacrum, simulation, slapstick, speciousness, stage business, stage directions, stage presence, stunt, supply, swing, taking a role, varnish, window dressing, work, working, workings


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