acting

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: acting

1
n
the performance of a part or role in a drama
2
adj
serving temporarily especially as a substitute
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: acting
1

n the performance of a part or role in a drama

Synonyms:
performing, playacting, playing
Types:
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characterization, enactment, personation, portrayal
acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
impersonation, personation
imitating the mannerisms of another person
method, method acting
an acting technique introduced by Stanislavsky in which the actor recalls emotions or reactions from his or her own life and uses them to identify with the character being portrayed
dumb show, mime, pantomime
a performance using gestures and body movements without words
business, byplay, stage business
incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect
skit
a short theatrical episode
hamming, overacting
poor acting by a ham actor
heroics
ostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct
reenactment
performing a role in an event that occurred at an earlier time
roleplaying
acting a particular role (as in psychotherapy)
impression
an impressionistic portrayal of a person
apery, mimicry
the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
panto
an abbreviation of pantomime
schtick, schtik, shtick, shtik
(Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention
character, part, persona, role, theatrical role
an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
Type of:
activity
any specific behavior
performing arts
arts or skills that require public performance
2

adj serving temporarily especially as a substitute

“the acting president”
Synonyms
impermanent, temporary
not permanent; not lasting
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