ac·tor | \ˈak-tər also -ˌtȯr \

Definition of actor 

1 : one that acts : doer

2a : one who acts in a play, movie, television show, etc.

b : one who behaves as if acting a part

3 : one that takes part in any affair : participant political actors

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Other Words from actor

actorish \-tə-rish \ adjective
actorly \-tər-lē \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for actor


partaker, participant, participator, party, player, sharer



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Examples of actor in a Sentence

my sister went to drama school to become an actor Benjamin Franklin was a major actor in many of the events leading up to the founding of our nation.

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That's seven nominations — more than any other actor. Rebecca Farley,, "Game Of Thrones Quietly Broke An Emmy Record Yesterday," 13 July 2018 The project also lost actors Stephen Baldwin (father of Hailey Baldwin, a.k.a. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The Pro-Life ‘Roe v. Wade’ Movie Sounds Like a Total Disaster," 13 July 2018 Johnson said Hollywood has excluded characters and actors with disabilities for too long. Washington Post, "‘The Rock’ joining group that champions rights for disabled," 13 July 2018 Spammers, bot networks, trolls, and hostile actors will continue adapting and creating new accounts. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Twitter Good Now?," 13 July 2018 Japanese voice actor Yuuki Kaji, who plays the protagonist Eren Yeager in Attack on Titan, attended the L.A. convention and seemed thrilled about the collaboration. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "X JAPAN & HYDE Join Forces for 'Attack on Titan' Anime Series Opener, 'Red Swan'," 13 July 2018 Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins is apparently narrating an anti-straw-pollution documentary. Caille Millner,, "A splash of cold water on straw-ban fervor: Many people with disabilities need them," 13 July 2018 Psychodrama Auditions The Faulk Center is holding auditions to recruit new volunteer actors. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Boca Raton area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Previously, Scarlett's casting was heavily criticized by many, including trans actors. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Scarlett Johansson Withdraws From "Rub and Tug" After Criticism of Her Casting as a Trans Man," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of actor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for actor

Middle English actour "doer, pleader," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Latin āctor, from agere "to drive (cattle), cause to move, do" + -tor, agent suffix — more at agent

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English Language Learners Definition of actor

: a person who acts in a play, movie, etc.


ac·tor | \ˈak-tər \

Kids Definition of actor

: a person who acts especially in a play or movie

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