Definition of acting in English:



mass noun
  • The art or occupation of performing fictional roles in plays, films, or television.

    ‘she studied acting in New York’
    ‘I'd prefer him not to go into acting as it's such an insecure business’
    as modifier ‘an acting career’
    • ‘Some movies you watch for world-class acting, powerful drama, and a terrific screenplay.’
    • ‘Upon my second viewing, I discovered a sweet film with exceptional acting.’
    • ‘He also studied acting with Elia Kazan, making his debut as an actor in 1937 and as a dancer at the Dance Center of Felia Sorel and Gluck-Sandor.’
    • ‘But, acting, good acting, is as difficult to describe in words as music.’
    • ‘With no rewards in the writing, the cinematography, and dismal acting, that's asking way too much.’
    • ‘Though born and brought up in a conservative Sikh family in Norway, she always had a dream of acting in a Bollywood film.’
    • ‘The talky screenplay and questionable acting take away from the power of the events being depicted.’
    • ‘It is gentle, funny and introspective, in all aspects, whether it is the cinematography, music or acting.’
    • ‘Saint came from the school of acting where motivation for action was crucial to understanding your character.’
    • ‘We talked a lot about Fifties-style acting, especially Montgomery Clift.’
    • ‘It has been a while since I've seen a film with such superb acting, and what a breath of fresh air it was.’
    • ‘The acting, as is usually the case with a Spielberg film, is top-notch.’
    • ‘Despite the strong start and the strong acting, the film as a whole petered out toward the end.’
    • ‘She came to playwriting by way of acting, a career she began at age six when she appeared in a commercial for Nabisco cookies.’
    • ‘Even with its lineup of stars and decent acting, the film doesn't adequately capture your imagination.’
    • ‘From the wonderful acting to the beautiful cinematography, the movie is as flawless as anything I've seen in recent memory.’
    • ‘This is a film with fine acting, camera work free of frills and a plot that will keep you guessing.’
    • ‘Great acting or no great acting, there are a rare few movies that trap you in a room with two actors for 97 minutes that don't have you begging for oxygen.’
    • ‘His mad acting in the lead role compensates accordingly.’
    • ‘The acting in the film is as predictable as the various denouements.’
    drama, the theatre, the stage, the performing arts, dramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, stagecraft, theatricals, theatrics, the thespian art, show business
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  • attributive Temporarily doing the duties of another person.

    ‘the acting supervisor’
    • ‘He later served as flow director for the Space Shuttle Discovery and then as the acting deputy director of the Installation Operations Directorate.’
    • ‘Mr Peters is succeeded in York by his deputy, Chris Edwards, who becomes acting education director until a new appointment is made.’
    • ‘However, he will remain on leave until then, with college registrar Vincent McCarthy continuing as acting director until a new appointment is made.’
    • ‘But she already had a letter showing she had passed her probationary period, signed by her acting duty station manger.’
    • ‘Marlene Russo is the acting director of the university's human rights office, which administers the harassment policy.’
    • ‘It was originally said by administration officials that they would probably keep John McLaughlin on as the acting director at least through the election.’
    • ‘The acting director of public health, Tessa Greally, wrote to local doctors on November 2 asking them to be on the alert for the illness.’
    • ‘The writer is the acting director for UN economic development and environmental affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.’
    • ‘He resigned, and now there's an acting director of FEMA, but really, you are the man here in charge of operations.’
    • ‘It was his duty as acting sheriff until his brother was back to protect her.’
    • ‘Mr. Paulison, who is the acting director of FEMA, is with me.’
    • ‘And all those leaders including the acting director for FEMA who was there also, met with the president.’
    • ‘A temporary manager may be brought in to run the City of York Council's education department after the departure of acting director Chris Edwards.’
    • ‘Well, the man who, as of Sunday, will be the acting director of the CIA is taking issue with that characterization.’
    • ‘The CIA's acting director talks with CNN about the possibilities.’
    • ‘A police spokesman said he resigned on February 8 and that his number two, David Shefneux, head of finance, became acting finance director the next day.’
    • ‘But Flanagan already has a new team lined up, with George Watt, Hughes's second in command, installed as acting finance director.’
    • ‘The acting director spoke out as officials from the Department of Health began to study the report of Lord Laming's public inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie.’
    • ‘Chief executive David Atkinson and acting assistant director of education Murray Rose were travelling to Croydon with Mr Edwards to receive the award today.’
    • ‘Dr. Rohrbaugh joined the OTT in May 2001 as deputy director and has served as acting director since September 2001.’
    substitute, deputy, reserve, fill-in, stand-in, caretaker
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