Definition of actor in English:


Syllabification: ac·tor
Pronunciation: /ˈaktər


  • 1A person whose profession is acting on the stage, in movies, or on television.
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    • Fincher usually gets great performances from his actors, and this film was no different.
    • We tend to see film and television actors through all of their previous performances.
    • This is not uncommon in Allen's films - actors love working with him and he always gets the best out of them.
    performer, player, thespian, trouper; film star, star, starlet, matinee idol
    informal ham
    lead, leading man, leading lady, stand-in
  • 1.1A person who behaves in a way that is not genuine: in war one must be a good actor
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    • Certainly, there are bad actors in business, as everywhere.
    • He went back into hiding, the shrunken, self-parodying actor within the huge carcass of a body.
  • 1.2A participant in an action or process: employers are key actors within industrial relations
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    • It will identify the processes and the key actors and how can they be better understood and planned by city authorities.
    • Interaction: a cyclic process in which two actors alternately listen, think and speak.
    • Both approaches allow little room for the role of factors that might be specific to particular actors.


late Middle English (originally denoting an agent or administrator): from Latin, 'doer, actor', from agere 'do, act'. The theater sense dates from the 16th century.

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