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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 un 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 un 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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