From the verb act.


  • IPA(key): /ˈæk.tɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -æktɪŋ


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.


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  1. present participle of act


acting (countable and uncountable, plural actings)

  1. (countable, obsolete) An action or deed.
    • 1685, Herbert Croft, Some Animadversions upon a book intituled, The Theory of the Earth, London, Preface,[1]
      [] 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,[2]
      [] I desire this Account may pass with them, rather for a Direction to themselves to act by, than a History of my actings,
  2. (law) 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.