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Act Out

Definition of the verb act out

What does act out mean as a doing phrase?


  1. represent an incident, state, or emotion by action, especially on stage
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: act / play / represent = play a role or part
  2. act out; represent or perform as if in a play

Alternative definition of the verb act out


  1. [idiomatic] To go through the process of a scene from a play, a charade or a pointless exercise.
  2. [idiomatic] To express one's feelings through disruptive actions.


"Act Out" is a video game.

  • genre: Breakout clone

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Google previewCambridge Dictionary of American Idioms (2003)

by Paul Heacock

act act out to behave badly because you are unhappy or upset ♢ These kids are very angry and act ...

Google previewDigestive Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs (2016)

by Isaac Livingstone Asamoah

Act out: If a group of people act out an event, they show how it happened by pretending to be the people who were involved in it. E.g. The children were acting out the story of the birth of Jesus .

Google previewA Dictionary of Confusable Phrases (2010)

More Than 10,000 Idioms and Collocations by Yuri Dolgopolov

in one's actions and behavior: Children often act out ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

try to recall as much as they can about each other's appearance; everyone tries to shake hands and greet as many people as possible in the group; in small groups the class try to act out a scene which represents a time of day and the class try ...

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I like to be able to play a character and act out a lot of things which I can't or don't do in my normal everyday life. (Leonardo DiCaprio)
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