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 (something, such 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 (such as fear or frustration)

Examples of act out in a Sentence

  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

circa 1616


Medical Dictionary

act out

play
transitive verb \ (ˈ)akt-ˈau̇t \

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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