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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.


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  • genre: Breakout clone

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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 previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

Improvised role play might involve the class dividing into pairs to act out a spontaneous exchange between shopkeeper and customer. Scripted role play is based on similar situations with the dialogue written out for the participants in advance.

Google previewThe First Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (2013)

A Gift for Sigmund Freud's 80th Birthday by Richard Sterba

abasia; Ahasie abnormal; ahnorm aboulia; Ahulie abreaction, to abreact; ahreagieren abstinence; Ahstinenz absurd; absurd accent; Akzent accidental; akzidentell acme; Akme act out; agieren act, operation; Akt action, reaction, activity; Aktion ...

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 ...

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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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