from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Temporarily assuming the duties or authority of another. synonym: temporary.
  • noun The occupation of an actor.
  • noun Performance as an actor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Performing, or used in performing, stage-plays.
  • noun The profession of an actor or player.
  • Performing duty, service, or functions; specifically, performing the functions of an office or employment temporarily: as, an acting governor or mayor; an acting colonel or superintendent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Operating in any way.
  • adjective Doing duty for another; officiating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Temporarily assuming the duties or authority of another person when they are unable to do their job.
  • verb Present participle of act.
  • noun An intended action or deed.
  • noun Pretending.
  • noun drama The occupation of an actor.
  • noun law The deeds or actions of parties are called actings to avoid confusion with the legal senses of deeds and actions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective serving temporarily especially as a substitute
  • noun the performance of a part or role in a drama


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