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acting

noun act·ing \ ˈak-tiŋ \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

Definition of acting

:the art or practice of representing a character on a stage or before cameras

Examples of acting in a Sentence

  1. Her acting is unusually good in this film.

  2. a new style of acting

Recent Examples of acting from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of acting

from gerund of 2act


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acting

adjective

Definition of acting

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

Examples of acting in a Sentence

  1. The college's acting president will be replaced with a permanent one next fall.

  2. will serve as acting president of the university until a permanent replacement can be found

Recent Examples of acting from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of acting

from present participle of 2act


ACTING Defined for English Language Learners

acting

noun

Definition of acting for English Language Learners

  • : the art or profession of performing the role of a character in a play, movie, etc. : the art or profession of an actor


acting

adjective

Definition of acting for English Language Learners

  • : performing a job for a short time : holding a temporary position


ACTING Defined for Kids

acting

adjective act·ing \ ˈak-tiŋ \

Definition of acting for Students

:serving for a short time only or in place of another
  • Teachers met with the acting principal.


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