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[ak-ter] /ˈæk tər/
a person who acts in stage plays, motion pictures, television broadcasts, etc.
a person who does something; participant.
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin āctor, equivalent to āg- (see act) + -tor -tor
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nonactor, noun


[ak-ter] /ˈæk tər/
noun, Classical Mythology
a brother of King Augeas, sometimes believed to be the father, by Molione, of Eurytus and Cteatus.
Compare Moliones. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for actor
  • Despite rumours of a comeback, the actor never returned to the series.
  • But what i did is just backstory embellishment that any actor will do.
  • He also became a successful character actor in television and film.
  • Several methods exist to dispel the curse, depending on the actor.
  • Monk and the actor, in where the case was going to be displayed as a film.
  • He has continued to be an important actor, photographer and director.
  • Curtis arrives at the audition he brings in the first actor, who fails miserably.
  • During the early part of his career as an actor he slowly gained popularity.
  • She thought he was a wooden actor while he considered her a snob.
British Dictionary definitions for actor


a person who acts in a play, film, broadcast, etc
(informal) a person who puts on a false manner in order to deceive others (often in the phrase bad actor)
Usage note
The term actor is almost universally used nowadays to refer to people of either gender who act
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Word Origin and History for actor

late 14c., "an overseer, guardian, steward," from Latin actor "an agent or doer," also "theatrical player," from past participle stem of agere (see act (n.)). Mid-15c. as "a doer, maker," also "a plaintiff." Sense of "one who performs in plays" is 1580s, originally applied to both men and women.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for actor



An athlete who is good at pretending he has been hurt or fouled; esp, a baseball player who very convincingly mimes the pain of being hit by a pitch

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bad actor

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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actor in Technology
An object-oriented language for Microsoft Windows written by Charles Duff of the Whitewater Group ca. 1986. It has Pascal/C-like syntax. Uses a token-threaded interpreter. Early binding is an option.
["Actor Does More than Windows", E.R. Tello, Dr Dobb's J 13(1):114-125 (Jan 1988)].

1. In object-oriented programming, an object which exists as a concurrent process.
2. In Chorus, the unit of resource allocation.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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