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, 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

For the sake of school spirit, Texas principals and teachers donned shades, swayed to a beat and fine-tuned their acting skills with videos that usher a new school year. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Move over police, these teachers have some moves of their own and they can sing," 11 July 2018 Hess is a professor of acting and the chair of dramatic performance at the College-Conservatory of Music. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "CCM students set sail for Scotland to perform water-themed show with 'no plot whatsoever'," 5 July 2018 Along with acting athletic director Damon Evans, current Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft and former Tennessee athletic director John Currie were also expected to be interviewed. Don Markus, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland focusing on Damon Evans, Patrick Kraft and John Currie for athletic director position," 21 June 2018 In addition to the Burgtheater premiere, the playwright is here to teach an acting class. New York Times, "Ayad Akhtar Gets a European Welcome, With Conditions," 15 June 2018 Everyone who’s been in a high school acting class knows a guy like that. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Henry Winkler Is Just Happy to Be Here," 10 May 2018 So much of acting is about escaping one’s identity. WSJ, "RuPaul, Curtis Sittenfeld and More on Identity," 26 Mar. 2018 Fisher insisted Reynolds was always protective of her little girl, especially when Carrie embarked on what would quickly become a thriving acting career. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Carrie Fisher's brother Todd details their tense last conversation," 10 July 2018 In addition to his acting career, Clooney is known for co-founding the popular tequila company Casamigos. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "George Clooney Was Hospitalized Following a Motorcycle Accident in Italy," 10 July 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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