act out


act out

verb

Definition of ACT OUT

transitive verb
1
a :  to represent in action <children act out what they read>
b :  to translate into action <unwilling to act out their beliefs>
2
:  to express (as an impulse or a fantasy) directly in overt behavior without modification to comply with social norms
intransitive verb
:  to behave badly or in a socially unacceptable often self-defeating manner especially as a means of venting painful emotions (as fear or frustration)

Examples of ACT OUT

  1. <because his parents spent so much time with his chronically ill sister, the boy resorted to acting out in order to get attention>

First Known Use of ACT OUT

1611

Rhymes with ACT OUT

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act out

transitive verb \(ˈ)akt-ˈat\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ACT OUT

: to express (as an impulse or a fantasy) directly in overt behavior without modification to comply with social norms <act out an adolescent fantasy>
intransitive verb
: to behave badly or in a socially unacceptable often self-defeating manner especially as a means of venting painful emotions (as fear or frustration)

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