Noun Acting-up Definition and Examples







The art or occupation of performing fictional roles in plays, films, or television.
  1. 'I'd prefer him not to go into acting as it's such an insecure business'
  2. 'But, acting, good acting, is as difficult to describe in words as music.'
  3. 'Great acting or no great acting, there are a rare few movies that trap you in a room with two actors for 97 minutes that don't have you begging for oxygen.'
  4. 'Some movies you watch for world-class acting, powerful drama, and a terrific screenplay.'
  5. 'It has been a while since I've seen a film with such superb acting, and what a breath of fresh air it was.'
  6. 'She came to playwriting by way of acting, a career she began at age six when she appeared in a commercial for Nabisco cookies.'
  7. 'His mad acting in the lead role compensates accordingly.'
  8. 'The acting in the film is as predictable as the various denouements.'
  9. 'Upon my second viewing, I discovered a sweet film with exceptional acting.'
  10. 'The talky screenplay and questionable acting take away from the power of the events being depicted.'
  11. 'Saint came from the school of acting where motivation for action was crucial to understanding your character.'


Temporarily doing the duties of another person.
  1. 'It was originally said by administration officials that they would probably keep John McLaughlin on as the acting director at least through the election.'
  2. 'But Flanagan already has a new team lined up, with George Watt, Hughes's second in command, installed as acting finance director.'
  3. 'Mr. Paulison, who is the acting director of FEMA, is with me.'
  4. 'Marlene Russo is the acting director of the university's human rights office, which administers the harassment policy.'
  5. 'The writer is the acting director for UN economic development and environmental affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.'
  6. 'Mr Peters is succeeded in York by his deputy, Chris Edwards, who becomes acting education director until a new appointment is made.'
  7. 'The CIA's acting director talks with CNN about the possibilities.'
  8. 'Well, the man who, as of Sunday, will be the acting director of the CIA is taking issue with that characterization.'
  9. 'A police spokesman said he resigned on February 8 and that his number two, David Shefneux, head of finance, became acting finance director the next day.'
  10. 'It was his duty as acting sheriff until his brother was back to protect her.'


1. anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act.

2. the process of doing: caught in the act.

3. a formal decision, law, or the like, by a legislature, ruler, court, or other authority; decree or edict; statute; judgment, resolve, or award: an act of Congress.

4. an instrument or document stating something done or transacted.

5. one of the main divisions of a play or opera: the second act of Hamlet.

6. a short performance by one or more entertainers, usually part of a variety show or radio or television program.

7. the personnel of such a group: The act broke up after 30 years.

8. false show; pretense; feint: The politician's pious remarks were all an act.

9. Philosophy. activity in process; operation. the principle or power of operation. form as determining essence. a state of realization, as opposed to potentiality. verb (used without object) 10. to do something; exert energy or force; be employed or operative: He acted promptly in the emergency. 1

1. to reach, make, or issue a decision on some matter: I am required to act before noon tomorrow. 1

2. to operate or function in a particular way; perform specific duties or functions: to act as manager. 1

3. to produce an effect; perform a function: The medicine failed to act. 1

4. to behave or conduct oneself in a particular fashion: to act well under all conditions. 1

5. to pretend; feign: Act interested even if you're bored. 1

6. to perform as an actor: He acted in three plays by Molière. 1

7. to be capable of being performed: His plays don't act well. 1

8. to serve or substitute (usually followed by for): In my absence the assistant manager will act for me. verb (used with object) 1

9. to represent (a fictitious or historical character) with one's person: to act Macbeth. 20. to feign; counterfeit: to act outraged virtue. 2

1. to behave as: He acted the fool. 2

2. Obsolete. to actuate. Verb phrases 2

3. act on/upon, to act in accordance with; follow: He acted on my advice. to have an effect on; affect: The stirring music acted on the emotions of the audience. 2

4. act out, to demonstrate or illustrate by pantomime or by words and gestures: The party guests acted out stories for one another. Psychology. to give overt expression to (repressed emotions or impulses) without insightful understanding: The patients acted out early traumas by getting angry with the analyst. 2

5. act up, to fail to function properly; malfunction: The vacuum cleaner is acting up again. to behave willfully: The children always act up in school the day before a holiday.



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