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

ad interim, interim, provisional, provisionary, provisory, temporary

Antonyms: Adjective

long-term, permanent

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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

Her acting career and accolades were not a calculated public relations makeover, as some suspected. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 After sharing the stage with classmates in high school productions, Jesse moved to New York City to continue pursuing his acting career at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Net Worth Proves the 'Modern Family' Star Has Incredible Work Ethic," 8 July 2019 Keery began his acting career at Theater in the Open, an annual summer performing arts program held at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. Kevin Slane, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Stranger Things’ star Joe Keery on a very creepy Season 3 and filming ‘Free Guy’ in Boston," 3 July 2019 Schwarzenegger, 71, has resumed his acting career and is chairman of the Schwarzenegger Institute at USC, a centrist think tank. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: GOP needs to change its product. Californians aren’t buying it," 20 June 2019 But upon her graduation, Saracho was hesitant to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and opted instead to start out in Chicago, home of the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Gwen Aviles, NBC News, "Pride #50: Tanya Saracho — Queer Latinx showrunner," 3 June 2019 Witherspoon, who dropped out of Stanford to pursue an acting career, is undeniably proud of her daughter for enrolling into an undisclosed university. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Reese Witherspoon Just Twinned with Her Daughter Ava Phillipe at the Big Little Lies Premiere," 30 May 2019 While juggling her acting career, the NCIS star found time to open a bakery in New York City in honor of her mother. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'NCIS' Alum Pauley Perrette Shared an Emotional Tribute to Her Late Mother," 14 May 2019 The acting, the directing and the photography are extraordinary. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, "Frameline 2019: Here’s what to see at SF’s LGBTQ film fest," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In her personal life there’s been a lot to unpack, too—a cross-country move from New York to California, an agency switch to Ford Models, and delving into the notoriously competitive acting world. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Trailblazing Model Is Poised to Become TV’s Next Big Thing," 21 Mar. 2019 The 17-year-old senior from Highland Park High School also is preparing for another acting role. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Lily Rubin, a Highland Park student and actress with About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble," 20 June 2019 Sylvia Shepler is currenly the board's acting president. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Why the HSE school board isn't abandoning Fishers Elementary as originally planned," 19 June 2019 Fuzzy rules But the rules applicable to the other situation in which a vice president can become acting president are much less clear. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Here’s an expert’s opinion on why Trump haters shouldn’t expect help from 25th Amendment," 15 June 2019 Weeks after that vote, Shepler became acting president of the board when Mike Bottorff resigned, citing a family obligation. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "'We will do better': Acting HSE board president apologizes after controversial comments," 13 June 2019 They were primed to stop the confirmation of Ken Cuccinelli—a man who made a career out of attacking GOP senators—as head of Citizenship and Immigration Services (until Trump went and appointed Cuccinelli to an acting role). Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Corruption Is the Tie that Binds for Trump-Era Republicans," 11 June 2019 His very first acting gig was a guest appearance on the reboot of 90210 back in 2008, according to IMDB. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Paris Hilton's Former Fiancé Chris Zylka," 19 Nov. 2018 Another pointed out that Mexicans weren’t exactly known for their acting skills either. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Neymar 'Deserves an Oscar': Twitter Mocks Brazilian Soccer Star's Reaction to Ankle Injury," 3 July 2018

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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

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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