Definitions of acting
  1. noun
    the performance of a part or role in a drama
    synonyms: performing, playacting, playing
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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
    a short theatrical episode
    hamming, overacting
    poor acting by a ham actor
    ostentatious or vainglorious or extravagant or melodramatic conduct
    performing a role in an event that occurred at an earlier time
    acting a particular role (as in psychotherapy)
    an impressionistic portrayal of a person
    apery, mimicry
    the act of mimicking; imitative behavior
    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:
    any specific behavior
    performing arts
    arts or skills that require public performance
  2. adjective
    serving temporarily especially as a substitute
    “the acting president”
    impermanent, temporary
    not permanent; not lasting
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