Definition of acting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaktiNG/


The art or occupation of performing in plays, movies, or television productions: she studied acting in New York
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  • This is a film with fine acting, camera work free of frills and a plot that will keep you guessing.
  • We talked a lot about Fifties-style acting, especially Montgomery Clift.
  • The acting in the film is as predictable as the various denouements.
informal treading the boards


Temporarily doing the duties of another person: acting director
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  • He later served as flow director for the Space Shuttle Discovery and then as the acting deputy director of the Installation Operations Directorate.
  • But she already had a letter showing she had passed her probationary period, signed by her acting duty station manger.
  • It was his duty as acting sheriff until his brother was back to protect her.
temporary, interim, caretaker, pro tem, pro tempore, provisional, stopgap;
deputy, stand-in, fill-in
informal pinch-hitting

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Syllabification: act·ing

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