The writer describes one incident where Schrader, while acting out a scene, “body-slammed” Lindsay to the ground.
The company, Moneybookers, suggested that it was acting out of an abundance of caution.
We amplified the scene with Agamemnon to let people understand that Achilles is not acting out of pettiness.
He knew Sean had been acting out, but he never expected anything like this.
The concert tour, the public antics, the acting out—it all became too much.
Sometimes the women are enigmatical: one does not know if they are acting out of kindness or from duplicity.
Like others, they did their part in acting out one of its principles.
Shall we say that He was acting out His own precept, Give not that which is holy to dogs?
The acting out of that strong impulse had exhausted every energy.
In these ways he was acting out his belief that the President should be simple in dress and manner.
late 14c., "a thing done," from Old French acte "(official) document," and directly from Latin actus "a doing, a driving, impulse; a part in a play, act," and actum "a thing done," originally a legal term, both from agere "to do, set in motion, drive, urge, chase, stir up," from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move" (cf. Greek agein "to lead, guide, drive, carry off," agon "assembly, contest in the games," agogos "leader;" Sanskrit ajati "drives," ajirah "moving, active;" Old Norse aka "to drive;" Middle Irish ag "battle").
Theatrical ("part of a play," 1510s) and legislative (early 15c.) senses of the word also were in Latin. Meaning "display of exaggerated behavior" is from 1928. In the act "in the process" is from 1590s, perhaps originally from the 16c. sense of the act as "sexual intercourse." Act of God "uncontrollable natural force" recorded by 1726.
An act of God is an accident which arises from a cause which operates without interference or aid from man (1 Pars. on Cont. 635); the loss arising wherefrom cannot be guarded against by the ordinary exertions of human skill and prudence so as to prevent its effect. [William Wait, "General Principles of the Law," Albany, 1879]
mid-15c., "to act upon or adjudicate" a legal case; 1590s in the theatrical sense, from Latin actus, past participle of agere (see act (n.)). To act up "be unruly" is from 1903. To act out "behave anti-socially" (1974) is from psychiatric sense of "expressing one's unconscious impulses or desires." Related: Acted; acting.