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acting

[ak-ting] /ˈæk tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
serving temporarily, especially as a substitute during another's absence; not permanent; temporary:
the acting mayor.
2.
designed, adapted, or suitable for stage performance.
3.
provided with detailed stage directions for the performer:
an acting version of a play.
noun
4.
the art, profession, or activity of those who perform in stage plays, motion pictures, etc.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; act + -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
proacting, adjective
unacting, adjective
Synonyms
1. provisional, interim.
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British Dictionary definitions for pro-acting

acting

/ˈæktɪŋ/
adjective (prenominal)
1.
taking on duties temporarily, esp as a substitute for another: the acting president
2.
operating or functioning: an acting order
3.
intended for stage performance; provided with directions for actors: an acting version of ``Hedda Gabler''
noun
4.
the art or profession of an actor
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Word Origin and History for pro-acting

acting

adj.

1590s, "putting forth activity," present participle adjective from act (v.). Meaning "performing temporary duties" is from 1797.

n.

c.1600, "performance of deeds;" 1660s, "performance of plays;" verbal noun from present participle of act (v.). Acting out in psychology is from 1945.

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