• IPA: /ˈæk.tɪŋ/

acting (not comparable)

  1. Temporarily assuming the duties or authority of another person when they are unable to do their job.
    The Acting Minister must sign Executive Council documents in a Minister's absence.
    Acting President of the United States is a temporary office in the government of the United States.
Translations Verb
  1. present participle of act#English|act


  1. (countable, obsolete) An action or deed.
    • 1685, Herbert Croft (bishop), Some Animadversions upon a book intituled, The Theory of the Earth, London, Preface,
      […] he does so much magnifie Nature and her Actings in all this material World, as he gives just cause of suspicion that he hath made her a kind of joynt Deess with God in the Affairs thereof;
    • 1722, Daniel Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year, London: E. Nutt et al., p. 10,
      […] I desire this Account may pass with them, rather for a Direction to themselves to act by, than a History of my actings,
  2. (legal) Something done by a party — so called to avoid confusion with the legal senses of deed and action.
  3. Pretending.
  4. (drama) The occupation of an actor.

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