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English Dictionary: acting by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
acting
adj
  1. serving temporarily especially as a substitute; "the acting president"
n
  1. the performance of a part or role in a drama [syn: acting, playing, playacting, performing]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Acting \Act"ing\, a.
      1. Operating in any way.
  
      2. Doing duty for another; officiating; as, an acting
            superintendent.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Act \Act\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Acting}.] [L. actus, p. p. of agere to drive, lead, do; but
      influenced by E. act, n.]
      1. To move to action; to actuate; to animate. [Obs.]
  
                     Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul.
                                                                              --Pope.
  
      2. To perform; to execute; to do. [Archaic]
  
                     That we act our temporal affairs with a desire no
                     greater than our necessity.               --Jer. Taylor.
  
                     Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and
                     facility of acting things expedient for us to do.
                                                                              --Barrow.
  
                     Uplifted hands that at convenient times Could act
                     extortion and the worst of crimes.      --Cowper.
  
      3. To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the
            stage.
  
      4. To assume the office or character of; to play; to
            personate; as, to act the hero.
  
      5. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.
  
                     With acted fear the villain thus pursued. --Dryden.
  
      {To act a part}, to sustain the part of one of the characters
            in a play; hence, to simulate; to dissemble.
  
      {To act the part of}, to take the character of; to fulfill
            the duties of.
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