Definition of acting in US English:



  • The art or occupation of performing in plays, movies, or television productions.

    ‘she studied acting in New York’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With no rewards in the writing, the cinematography, and dismal acting, that's asking way too much.’
    • ‘Some movies you watch for world-class acting, powerful drama, and a terrific screenplay.’
    • ‘She came to playwriting by way of acting, a career she began at age six when she appeared in a commercial for Nabisco cookies.’
    • ‘The acting, as is usually the case with a Spielberg film, is top-notch.’
    • ‘The acting in the film is as predictable as the various denouements.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Saint came from the school of acting where motivation for action was crucial to understanding your character.’
    • ‘But, acting, good acting, is as difficult to describe in words as music.’
    • ‘Upon my second viewing, I discovered a sweet film with exceptional acting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though born and brought up in a conservative Sikh family in Norway, she always had a dream of acting in a Bollywood film.’
    • ‘Despite the strong start and the strong acting, the film as a whole petered out toward the end.’
    • ‘The talky screenplay and questionable acting take away from the power of the events being depicted.’
    • ‘We talked a lot about Fifties-style acting, especially Montgomery Clift.’
    • ‘His mad acting in the lead role compensates accordingly.’
    • ‘It is gentle, funny and introspective, in all aspects, whether it is the cinematography, music or acting.’
    • ‘It has been a while since I've seen a film with such superb acting, and what a breath of fresh air it was.’
    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.

    ‘acting director’
    • ‘Well, the man who, as of Sunday, will be the acting director of the CIA is taking issue with that characterization.’
    • ‘Chief executive David Atkinson and acting assistant director of education Murray Rose were travelling to Croydon with Mr Edwards to receive the award today.’
    • ‘The writer is the acting director for UN economic development and environmental affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.’
    • ‘Mr Peters is succeeded in York by his deputy, Chris Edwards, who becomes acting education director until a new appointment is made.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was originally said by administration officials that they would probably keep John McLaughlin on as the acting director at least through the election.’
    • ‘Marlene Russo is the acting director of the university's human rights office, which administers the harassment policy.’
    • ‘But she already had a letter showing she had passed her probationary period, signed by her acting duty station manger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The CIA's acting director talks with CNN about the possibilities.’
    • ‘However, he will remain on leave until then, with college registrar Vincent McCarthy continuing as acting director until a new appointment is made.’
    • ‘He later served as flow director for the Space Shuttle Discovery and then as the acting deputy director of the Installation Operations Directorate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But Flanagan already has a new team lined up, with George Watt, Hughes's second in command, installed as acting finance director.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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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