Definition of actor in US English:

actor

noun

  • 1A person whose profession is acting on the stage, in movies, or on television.

    • ‘This is not uncommon in Allen's films - actors love working with him and he always gets the best out of them.’
    • ‘Much of the funding for this organisation comes from Hollywood actors and actresses.’
    • ‘I think at that time I was narrowing it down to working as an actor in film and theatre, or as a director.’
    • ‘There are two basic types of male film actor - leading men and character players.’
    • ‘We tend to see film and television actors through all of their previous performances.’
    • ‘It's my social commitment as an actor to perform the role and to do justice to it.’
    • ‘The film also uses actors not known for quality feature film acting or stage roles.’
    • ‘Like I said, all the acting is terrible the actors seem to be going through the motions.’
    • ‘Brody was named best actor, while the film also took the best screenplay award.’
    • ‘He believes that being an audience member is as much a part of theatre as being an actor on stage.’
    • ‘The story is an exact replica of the first film, with new actors in what are basically the same roles.’
    • ‘As I said before, the film is largely an actor's showcase, and the actors are uniformly good.’
    • ‘At the end, while the credits roll, we are shown the reactions of the actors on seeing the film for the first time.’
    • ‘The men and women who took part in the films were not professional actors.’
    • ‘Authorities last year filed a case against a leading actor for performing in vulgar scenes in a film.’
    • ‘Fincher usually gets great performances from his actors, and this film was no different.’
    • ‘The characters that play in the film are weird, though the actors make a good job of it.’
    • ‘It comes across as a film made by actors with more talent than the script can serve.’
    • ‘It is his honesty and that of his actors that gives the film its authenticity.’
    • ‘As a stage actor and, lately, a television star, he is probably the last person you would think of as a playwright of note.’
    performer, player, trouper, theatrical, dramatic artist, thespian, member of the cast, artist, artiste
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    1. 1.1 A person who behaves in a way that is not genuine.
      ‘in war one must be a good actor’
      • ‘He went back into hiding, the shrunken, self-parodying actor within the huge carcass of a body.’
      • ‘Certainly, there are bad actors in business, as everywhere.’
  • 2A participant in an action or process.

    ‘employers are key actors within industrial relations’
    • ‘The UN is a pluralistic body with conflicting institutions and actors within it.’
    • ‘Non-state actors are to be encouraged to participate in the development process.’
    • ‘The fundamental actors in international politics are rational individuals and private groups.’
    • ‘Consultants and other political actors were increasingly aware of political science research.’
    • ‘Rugman, Kirton, and Soloway have provided an essential road map to the new avenues of recourse available to economic and social actors in North America.’
    • ‘Both actors compete for public support and governance becomes a contested arena.’
    • ‘Both approaches allow little room for the role of factors that might be specific to particular actors.’
    • ‘Interaction: a cyclic process in which two actors alternately listen, think and speak.’
    • ‘There was a deeper concern about the rationality, not just of the actors in the process, but of deterrence as a whole.’
    • ‘As a result we now need to consider the Council Secretariat as much more of an actor in the policy process than hitherto.’
    • ‘The capacity of history to absolve political actors is a cynical and immoral doctrine.’
    • ‘Executive decision-makers, both cabinet-level politicians and policy bureaucrats, are the key actors in policy formation.’
    • ‘What they can do is maintain the legal framework within which political actors struggle.’
    • ‘In this sense the ECJ has proved itself to be an autonomous actor in the process of European integration.’
    • ‘It will identify the processes and the key actors and how can they be better understood and planned by city authorities.’
    • ‘As a result, actors in the food system - processors, wholesalers, input dealers, and the like - have had to be creative in order to sustain their growth.’
    • ‘Finally, the case will be argued for always considering the activities of a diverse range of political actors.’
    • ‘It is to their commercial advantage, but more important they are key social actors.’
    • ‘The expectation is that the action defines what is terrorism rather than the actor.’
    • ‘As with other systems of human rights, enforcement remains in the domain of political actors.’

Origin

Late Middle English (originally denoting an agent or administrator): from Latin, ‘doer, actor’, from agere ‘do, act’.

Pronunciation

actor

/ˈæktər//ˈaktər/