acting

noun
act·​ing | \ ˈak-tiŋ How to pronounce acting (audio) \

Definition of acting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

acting

adjective

Definition of acting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : holding a temporary rank or position : performing services temporarily acting president
2a : suitable for stage performance an acting play
b : prepared with directions for actors an acting text of a play

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Synonyms & Antonyms for acting

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of acting in a Sentence

Noun Her acting is unusually good in this film. a new style of acting Adjective The college's acting president will be replaced with a permanent one next fall. will serve as acting president of the university until a permanent replacement can be found
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the cast also had older actors, like Randy Quaid, who didn’t have a lot of experience in sketch acting. Mike Sacks, The New Yorker, "John Swartzwelder, Sage of “The Simpsons”," 2 May 2021 Decker and Jennifer Walsh, who was the acting under secretary of defense for policy, briefed House and Senate lawmakers over the last two weeks on the possible attacks, two sources familiar with the briefings told CNN. Katie Bo Williams And Jeremy Herb, CNN, "US investigating possible mysterious directed energy attack near White House," 29 Apr. 2021 Some other fast-acting, at-home tests also are starting to appear on store shelves and online from companies including Ellume USA LLC and Lucira Health Inc. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "At-Home Covid-19 Tests Might Cost Too Much for Regular Use," 28 Apr. 2021 All That until November, Rae had to undergo intense acting training and take script analysis classes in preparation for the role. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, "Addison Rae Teaches Brand-Building in ‘Addison 101’," 28 Apr. 2021 Why get a voice coach and an acting teacher but not a stylist? Ew Staff, EW.com, "Read the first three chapters of Kathy Wang's new spy thriller Impostor Syndrome," 27 Apr. 2021 While Olivia went on to primarily pursue acting, The Sun reports that Ed first studied law at Cambridge and went on to focus on writing. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Olivia Colman Hilariously Describes Her "Love at First Sight" Experience With Husband Ed Sinclair," 26 Apr. 2021 Youn is the first Korean acting winner in Oscar history, but graciously chalked up her victory to luck. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "The biggest Oscar moments you missed, from Chadwick Boseman's loss to Glenn Close's 'Da Butt'," 26 Apr. 2021 At 26, de Armas moved to L.A. to pursue acting, and her philosophy on beauty evolved from there. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Ana de Armas Shares Her “Easygoing” Beauty Routine," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Cavazzoni, who is in her late 50s, was handpicked by Woodcock to join the agency in 2018 and has been leading the drug center in an acting role since last spring. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Cavazzoni to take over influential spot atop FDA drug center," 14 Apr. 2021 Page is also nominated for both individual and ensemble acting awards at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will air on Sunday. Zoe Guy, Marie Claire, "Regé-Jean Page Will Not Return For 'Bridgerton' Season 2 and Fans Are Devastated," 2 Apr. 2021 And so that would differentiate between an acting role. Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: ‘Defending Your Life’ at 30. Why Albert Brooks’ view of afterlife bureaucracy endures," 30 Mar. 2021 Monday’s nominations are poised to bring history in the directing category, and unveil an acting field with potentially a record number of people of color nominated. Jake Coyle, baltimoresun.com, "Oscar nominations Monday could belong to ‘Nomadland,’ ‘Mank’ and Netflix," 15 Mar. 2021 So Obama took advantage of an ambiguity in the text of the Vacancies Act, appointing Gupta to the vacant position of deputy civil-rights head and then instantaneously elevating her to the acting-head position. Thomas A. Berry, National Review, "How a Would-Be Biden Official Abused Her Power during the Obama Administration," 8 Mar. 2021 Both parents also had small acting roles, played music, and cultivated a creative atmosphere in the home. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Billie Eilish’s Unconventional Pop-Star Documentary," 3 Mar. 2021 For her first acting role, The United States vs. Billie Holiday's Andra Day is a Best Actress Oscar contender. David Canfield, EW.com, "Becoming Billie: How Andra Day found the soul (and voice) of Lady Day," 23 Feb. 2021 In the interview, Meghan discussed her Suits character, her pre-acting gig as a professional calligrapher, her first audition, and more. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Candid 2013 Interview With Larry King Has Been Unearthed Following His Death," 24 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of acting

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acting

Noun

from gerund of act entry 2

Adjective

from present participle of act entry 2

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“Acting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acting. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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acting

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of acting (Entry 2 of 2)

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

acting

adjective
act·​ing | \ ˈak-tiŋ How to pronounce acting (audio) \

Kids Definition of acting

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

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