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act out

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transitive verb \(ˈ)akt-ˈau̇t\

Medical Definition of act out

  1. :  to express (as an impulse or a fantasy) directly in overt behavior without modification to comply with social norms <act out an adolescent fantasy>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  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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