act out (third-person singular simple present acts out, present participle acting out, simple past and past participle acted out)
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see act, out.
- She's a street performer, so she acts out on Ninth Street.
- (transitive) To perform something specific.
- (idiomatic) To perform a scene from a play, a charade or an exercise.
- Despite already being aware, he will be acting out the pretence of a surprise.
- (idiomatic) To perform a fantasy in reality.
- I've wanted to do this for so long, but I never thought I could act it out.
- (transitive, intransitive) To express internal feelings or thoughts.
- To express one's feelings through disruptive actions.
- I know you're angry, but you can't act out and break dishes like that.
- To express ideas or desires through actions rather than words.
- When her jaw was wired shut, she had acted out what she needed.
to perform a scene from a play, a charade or an exercise
to express one's feelings through disruptive actions