acting

noun
act·​ing | \ˈak-tiŋ \

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

Neither of its two leads, Matthew Rhys or Keri Russell—a real-life couple who play married Soviet spies on the show—have ever won an acting award, and the show has never won best drama. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 Instead, that wide representation of Westeros’ greatest noble families in the major acting categories was cut down in favor of the Lannisters, and only the Lannisters, this time around. refinery29.com, "The 2018 Emmys Love The Lannisters More Than The Starks," 12 July 2018 Smith is the second acting lottery director to serve under Rauner. Matthew Walberg, chicagotribune.com, "Head of Illinois Lottery leaves to run Connecticut Lottery," 5 July 2018 Television is now a feast of good writing, great acting and great directors. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Sunday Conversation: Lesley Manville discusses her wide-ranging career and new appreciation for TV," 5 July 2018 Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler will take over, though acting directors are inherently transitional and thus less powerful. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pruitt Drowns in the Swamp," 5 July 2018 Brazilian star Neymar has shown his skills on the field during the World Cup, but he's also displayed his acting skills. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "World Cup fans blast Brazilian star Neymar for fake injury on the field," 2 July 2018 In addition to Kraft, the Sun and Post reported that Maryland will interview along with former Tennessee athletic director John Currie and Damon Evans, the acting athletic director at Maryland. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Temple's Patrick Kraft in the running for the Maryland's athletic director job," 20 June 2018 All of the acting categories are crowded with admirable contenders. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "Emmy voters, I’m here to help," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But the post is third in line at the department, so that person would become acting attorney general if the top two officials were unavailable. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Trump Administration Puts on Hold Search for Justice Department No. 3," 5 June 2018 Second-in-command Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, will become acting director of the EPA come Monday, according to President Donald Trump. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, "Scott Pruitt out as head of the Environmental Protection Agency," 5 July 2018 President Donald Trump, who announced Mr. Pruitt’s departure in a tweet, said Mr. Pruitt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, would become acting EPA administrator on Monday. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Embattled Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Administrator," 5 July 2018 In a surprise move, Mucha announced that the temporary acting head of the court will be another of its judges, Jozef Iwulski, who is 66. Monika Scislowska, The Seattle Times, "Protests in Poland against government judicial overhaul," 3 July 2018 Meghan Markle has already hit the ground running with her royal duties, but her acting career isn't isn't entirely over yet. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Becomes the First Royal to Be Submitted for Emmys Consideration," 13 June 2018 The first African American governor -- P.B.S. Pinchback -- became acting governor of Louisiana for just 36 days in 1872. Grace Sparks, CNN, "There has been very, very little diversity among US governors," 23 May 2018 And having been born into the famous acting family including father Henry and big sister Jane, Fonda has plenty of tales to weave. Susan King, latimes.com, "Classic Hollywood: Nearly 50 years after `Easy Rider,' Peter Fonda plays — what else? — a pothead in new film," 13 June 2018 Grace VanderWaal is kicking off her acting career in a big way. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Grace VanderWaal Lands Lead in Disney's Stargirl After Beating Out 700 Other Girls," 8 June 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 \

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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