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act·ing

 (ăk′tĭng)
adj.
Temporarily assuming the duties or authority of another. See Synonyms at temporary.
n.
1. The occupation of an actor.
2. Performance as an actor.

acting

(ˈæktɪŋ)
adj (prenominal)
1. taking on duties temporarily, esp as a substitute for another: the acting president.
2. operating or functioning: an acting order.
3. (Theatre) intended for stage performance; provided with directions for actors: an acting version of 'Hedda Gabler'.
n
(Theatre) the art or profession of an actor

act•ing

(ˈæk tɪŋ)

adj.
1. serving temporarily, esp. as a substitute during another's absence: the acting mayor.
2. designed, adapted, prepared, or suitable for stage performance.
n.
3. the art, profession, or activity of performing in plays, films, etc.
[1595–1605]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acting - the performance of a part or role in a dramaacting - the performance of a part or role in a drama
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
personation, portrayal, characterization, enactment - acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
personation, impersonation - imitating the mannerisms of another person
method acting, method - an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
dumb show, pantomime, mime - a performance using gestures and body movements without words
byplay, stage business, business - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious"
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
skit - a short theatrical episode
hamming, overacting - poor acting by a ham actor
heroics - ostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct; "heroics are for those epic films they make in Hollywood"
reenactment - performing a role in an event that occurred at an earlier time; "the reenactment of the battle of Princeton"
roleplaying - acting a particular role (as in psychotherapy)
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
Adj.1.acting - serving temporarily especially as a substitute; "the acting president"
impermanent, temporary - not permanent; not lasting; "politics is an impermanent factor of life"- James Thurber; "impermanent palm cottages"; "a temperary arrangement"; "temporary housing"

acting

noun
1. performance, playing, performing, theatre, dramatics, portraying, enacting, portrayal, impersonation, characterization, stagecraft She has returned home to pursue her acting career.
adjective
1. temporary, substitute, intervening, interim, provisional, surrogate, stopgap, pro tem The new acting President has a reputation for being independent.
Quotations
"The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing" [Ralph Richardson]
"Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself" [Jeanne Moreau The New York Times]

acting

adjective
Temporarily assuming the duties of another:
noun
1. The art and occupation of an actor:
2. A display of insincere behavior:
Translations
تـَمْثِيلمُؤَقَّتنَائِب، وَكِيل
zastupujícíherectví
fungerendeskuespil
näytteleminenvirkaatekevä
glumaprivremeni
ügyvezetõ
starfandi, verandi
演技臨時代理の
대행의연기
zastupujúci
dramska igra
skådespeleritillförordnad
การแสดงรักษาการแทน
diễn xuấttạm đảm nhiệm chức

acting

[ˈæktɪŋ]
A. ADJ [headmaster, president etc] → interino, suplente
B. N (Theat) (= performance) → interpretación f, actuación f; (= profession) → profesión f de actor, teatro m
what was his acting like?¿qué tal hizo el papel?
this is acting as it should beesto se llama realmente ser actor or actriz, así es el teatro de verdad
acting is not in my lineyo no soy actor
she has done some actingtiene alguna experiencia como actriz
to go in for actinghacerse actor

acting

[ˈæktɪŋ]
n [actor] → jeu m
to do some acting (in theatre)faire du théâtre; (in movies)faire du cinéma
adjsuppléant(e), par intérim
the acting President → le Président par intérim
he is the acting manager → il remplace (provisoirement) le directeur

acting

adj
stellvertretend attr, → in Stellvertretung pred
attr (Theat) → schauspielerisch
n (Theat) (= performance)Darstellung f; (= activity)Spielen nt; (= profession)Schauspielerei f; what was the acting like?wie waren die Schauspieler?; what was his acting like?wie hat er gespielt?; I don’t like his actingich mag seine Art zu spielen nicht; he’s done some actinger hat schon Theater gespielt; (professionally also) → er hat schon etwas Schauspielerfahrung

acting

[ˈæktɪŋ]
1. adjche fa le funzioni di
he is the acting manager → fa le veci del direttore
2. nrecitazione f
to do some acting → fare del teatro (or del cinema)

act

(ӕkt) verb
1. to do something. It's time the government acted to lower taxes.
2. to behave. He acted foolishly at the meeting.
3. to perform (a part) in a play. He has acted (the part of Romeo) in many theatres; I thought he was dying, but he was only acting (= pretending).
noun
1. something done. Running away is an act of cowardice; He committed many cruel acts.
2. (often with capital) a law. Acts of Parliament.
3. a section of a play. `Hamlet' has five acts.
4. an entertainment. an act called `The Smith Family'.
acting adjective
temporarily carrying out the duties of. He is acting president of the society.
ˈactorfeminine also ˈactress noun
a performer in a play.
act as
to do the work or duties of. He acts as head of department when his boss is away.
act on
1. to do something following the advice etc of someone. I am acting on the advice of my lawyer.
2. to have an effect on. Certain acids act on metal.
act on behalf of / act for
to do something for (someone else); to act as the representative of (someone). My lawyer is acting on my behalf; He is also acting on behalf of my mother; She is acting for the headmaster in his absence.
in the act (of)
at the exact moment (of doing something). He was caught in the act (of stealing my car).
put on an act
to pretend. I thought she had hurt herself but she was only putting on an act.

acting

تـَمْثِيل, مُؤَقَّت herectví, zastupující fungerende, skuespil Schauspielerei, stellvertretend αναπληρωτής, ηθοποιία actuación, interino näytteleminen, virkaatekevä comédie, suppléant gluma, privremeni provvisorio, recitazione 演技, 臨時代理の 대행의, 연기 acteren, waarnemend fungerende, skuespill gra, pełniący czyjeś obowiązki arte dramática, interino, representação действующий, исполнитель skådespeleri, tillförordnad การแสดง, รักษาการแทน oyunculuk, vekaleten diễn xuất, tạm đảm nhiệm chức 代理的, 表演
References in classic literature ?
He came on the wings of disappointment, and with his head full of acting, for it had been a theatrical party; and the play in which he had borne a part was within two days of representation, when the sudden death of one of the nearest connexions of the family had destroyed the scheme and dispersed the performers.
There was no thought of irreverence in such acting.
Acting in song, especially in dialogues, hath an extreme good grace; I say acting, not dancing (for that is a mean and vulgar thing); and the voices of the dialogue would be strong and manly (a base and a tenor; no treble); and the ditty high and tragical; not nice or dainty.
Her seventeenth birthday was now near at hand; she had decided on celebrating it by acting a play; had issued her orders accordingly; and had been obeyed by her docile parents as implicitly as usual.
When most of the Subalterns sat upon him with sofa-cushions to find out why he had not said that acting was his strong point, he answered very quietly:--"I don't think you ever asked me.
It will be impossible to endure life with you, if you will always be acting secretly--acting in opposition to me and hiding your actions.
He was, in truth, acting, play-acting, attempting to do what he had no heart-prompting to do.
A gang of beggars have their Patrico, and the banditti of the Apennines have among them persons acting as monks and priests, by whom they are confessed, and who perform mass before them.
So that from one point of view, Sophocles is an imitator of the same kind as Homer--for both imitate higher types of character; from another point of view, of the same kind as Aristophanes--for both imitate persons acting and doing.
Don't look at me till I 'm respectable, and don't tell any one how I 've been acting.
There cannot be a more gentle, affectionate heart; or more obliging manners, when acting without restraint; and her little cousins are all very fond of her.
There are also some liberal arts which are not improper for freemen to apply to in a certain degree; but to endeavour to acquire a perfect skill in them is exposed to the faults I have just mentioned; for there is a great deal of difference in the reason for which any one does or learns anything: for it is not illiberal to engage in it for one's self, one's friend, or in the cause of virtue; while, at the same time, to do it for the sake of another may seem to be acting the part of a servant and a slave.