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Acting appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Suborn acting: I saw a sign it can rob us.
  • Did I say a benign IT casing I sign is acting in Ebay as I did?
  • Vietnamese tarts’ acting is a sign it castrates 'em, ante IV.
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun acting:


Acting is sometimes a misspelling of actually.

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Definition of the noun acting

What does acting mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: actings

  1. the performance of a part or role in a drama

Alternative definition of the noun acting


  1. An intended action or deed.
  2. See Pretending.
  3. [drama] The occupation of an actor.
  4. [legal] The deeds or actions of parties are called actings to avoid confusion with the legal senses of deeds and actions.

Definition of the adjective acting

What does acting mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more acting / most acting

  1. serving temporarily especially as a substitute
    • example: the acting president
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • similar: impermanent / temporary

Alternative definition of the adjective acting


  1. Temporarily assuming the duties or authority of another person when they are unable to do their job.


  1. "Acting" is a musical album of Da Bulldogs.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  2. "Acting" is a composition.


  1. "Acting" is a book by Robert Barton.
    • also known as "Acting on Stage and Off", Acting on Stage and Off
  2. "Acting" is a book by Richard Boleslawski.
    • also known as "Acting; the first six lessons"; "Acting the first six lessons"
  3. "Acting" is a book by Beth Osnes.
    • also known as "Acting: an encyclopedia"
  4. "Acting" is a book by Lane Crauford.
    • also known as "Acting; its theory and practice, with illustrative examples of players past and present"
  5. "Acting" is a book by Allen Crafton.
    • also known as "Acting; a book for the beginner"


  1. Acting: Actingis the work of an actor or actress, which is a person in theatre, television, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play.
  2. Acting: In law, when someone is said to be acting in a position it can mean one of three things.
  3. Acting: An Acting rank is a military designation allowing a commissioned or non-commissioned officer to assume a rank—usually higher and usually temporary—with the pay and allowances appropriate to that grade. As such, an officer may be ordered back to the previous grade. This situation may arise when a lower-ranking officer is called upon to replace a senior officer, or fill a position higher than the current rank held.

Phrases with Acting

Phrases starting with the word Acting:

  1. acting out
  2. Acting Scrum-Half

Phrases ending with the word Acting:

  1. Cis-acting
  2. long-acting
  3. self-acting
  4. Short-Acting
  5. Trans-acting
  6. method acting
  7. Straight-acting

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Acting

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Special Education (2007)

A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

TELZROW Kent State University CONGENITAL DISORDERS MINOR PHYSICAL ANOMALIES ACTING OUT Acting out has been defined by Harriman (1975) as the “direct expression of conflicted tensions in annoying or antisocial ...

Google previewDictionary of the Theatre (1998)

Terms, Concepts, and Analysis by Patrice Pavis, Christine Shantz

ACTING Fr.: jeu de theatre; Ger.: Spiel; Sp.: actuation Acting is the visible and properly "scenic" part of the performance, through which the spectator receives the whole of the event with the force of ...

Google previewHarper's Encyclopedia of United States History from 458 A.D. to 1915 (1915)

by Benson John Lossing, Woodrow Wilson

acting...Sept. 12 to Dec. 5, 1822 William Hendricks...elected U. S. Senator.

Google previewThe Drama Dictionary (1998)

by Terry Hodgson

Ham acting. Acting which is exaggerated and unconvincing. The development of *naturalism called attention to the artificiality of nineteenth-century melodramatic and tragic acting, so that strong histrionic gestures came to be seen as 'ham'.

Google previewA Lexicon of Lunacy (1993)

by Thomas Szasz

Dementia associated with alcoholism Amphetamine or similarly acting sympathomimetic intoxication Amphetamine or similarly acting sympathomimetic withdrawal Amphetamine or similarly acting sympathomimetic delirium Amphetamine or ...

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Quotes about Acting

Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly. (Rosalind Russell)
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Scrabble value of A1C3T1I1N1G2

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ACTING

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