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 Musical drama The Eddy perfectly embodies the spontaneous nature of jazz, right down to its acting performances, according to star Amandla Stenberg. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Amandla Stenberg on using improv, getting away from 'westernized style of acting' for The Eddy," 8 May 2020 Maguire has held the job in an acting capacity and Trump was required by law to either replace him or ask the Senate to confirm him in the position by next month. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Pick for Spy Chief Collins Says He’s Out of Running," 7 May 2020 Reba McEntire is a singer first and foremost, but in the early 2000s, the country icon tested out her acting chops with her sitcom, Reba. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Shared a Nostalgic Throwback From Her ‘Reba’ Days and Now We're Ready for a Show Reunion," 3 May 2020 Hudson had no formal acting training and required lessons from Warner Brothers. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "What Happened to Rock Hudson, Featured In Netflix's 'Hollywood'?," 1 May 2020 Alicia Silverstone nearly abandoned her passion for acting after a difficult time making a Batman movie. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Alicia Silverstone 'Stopped Loving Acting for a Very Long Time' After Making Batman & Robin," 20 Apr. 2020 Amanda Ellis, an associate commissioner, briefly served as an acting commissioner before Kevin Brown, the interim chief, took over. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Amid uncertainty, Kentucky pushes ahead in hunt for new education chief," 18 Mar. 2020 The former acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly dismissed Crozier for sending the plea, arguing that the captain failed to follow the proper chain of command to make his request. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Navy delays decision on fired captain and launches follow-up inquiry into USS Roosevelt fallout," 29 Apr. 2020 In her latest Instagram post, the 53-year-old known for her superior acting prowess and ageless beauty, divulged one of her favorite treatments for brightening and tightening her skin. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Halle Berry Shares Her Secret To Ageless Skin And It's Surprisingly Affordable," 21 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Even his acting troupe thinks his plots are needlessly convoluted. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Shakespeare: The Sitcom," 2 Apr. 2020 Meghan picked up additional acting credits on movies Get Him to the Greek, Remember Me, and Horrible Bosses. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Meghan Markle's Net Worth?," 16 Apr. 2019 In 2001, Prine enjoyed an acting role in the movie Daddy & Them, directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Jim Farber, EW.com, "John Prine, revered singer-songwriter, dies at 73," 8 Apr. 2020 Meghan enjoyed good relations with the press during her acting career, and breaking free from the Palace media organization will give her much more control over access. Washington Post, "Many options await Prince Harry and Meghan after royal split," 19 Jan. 2020 Board member Jochen Zeitz will become acting president and CEO while a board search committee is formed and Harley hires an outside search firm to fill the job. CBS News, "Harley-Davidson CEO out at struggling motorcycle maker," 28 Feb. 2020 Now 23, Woods is making her acting debut in the indie film Goldie. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Slick Woods Had To Relive Her Painful Past To Bring Goldie To Life," 21 Feb. 2020 The lack of acting nominations could also spell doom for its chances (only 11 other films have ever won best picture without receiving nominations in any acting categories). Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "Could ‘Parasite’ win the Oscar for best picture? The case for Bong Joon-ho’s biting drama.," 3 Feb. 2020 Only three people of color won an award in hosting/major acting categories — and none were women of color. BostonGlobe.com, "Is there freedom on film?," 23 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of acting was in 1590

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17 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Acting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acting. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for acting

acting

noun
How to pronounce acting (audio)

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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