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English Dictionary: acting by the DICT Development Group
3 results for acting
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. serving temporarily especially as a substitute; "the acting president"
  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

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.
      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.
                     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
      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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