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Meaning of acting by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈæktɪŋ/


    acting ( not comparable )

    1. Temporarily assuming the duties or authority of another person when they are unable to do their job .
      The Acting Minister must sign Executive Council documents in a Minister's absence .
      Acting President of the United States is a temporary office in the government of the United States .



    1. Present participle of act .


    acting ( plural: actings )

    1. An intended action or deed .
    2. Pretending .
    3. ( drama ) The occupation of an actor .
    4. ( law ) The deeds or actions of parties are called actings to avoid confusion with the legal senses of deeds and actions .

Explanation of acting by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. serving temporarily especially as a substitute

    2. the acting president
    1. the performance of a part or role in a drama

    Definition of acting by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Act, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Acted; p. pr. & vb. n. Acting.] [L. actus, p. p. of agere to drive, lead, do; but influenced by E. act, n.]
      1. To move to action; to actuate; to animate. [Obs.]

      Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul. Pope.

      2. To perform; to execute; to do. [Archaic]

      That we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity. Jer. Taylor.

      Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do. Barrow.

      Uplifted hands that at convenient times

      Could act extortion and the worst of crimes. Cowper.

      3. To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.

      4. To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, “to act the hero”.

      5. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.

      With acted fear the villain thus pursued. Dryden.

      To act a part, to sustain the part of one of the characters in a play; hence, to simulate; to dissemble. -- To act the part of, to take the character of; to fulfill the duties of.

    2. Acting a.
      1. Operating in any way.

      2. Doing duty for another; officiating; as, “an acting superintendent”.