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Act Out meaning in English

Meaning of Act Out in English

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Act Out

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1. act out

represent an incident, state, or emotion by action, especially on stage

Example Sentences:
'She could act neurotic anxiety'

2. act out, enact, reenact

act out; represent or perform as if in a play

Example Sentences:
'She reenacted what had happened earlier that day'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.

Act Out

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verb (adverb)
1. (transitive)
to reproduce (an idea, former event, etc) in actions, often by mime
2. psychiatry
to express unconsciously (a repressed impulse or experience) in overt behaviour

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Act Out

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to behave in a way that unconsciously expresses (feelings that were repressed in an earlier situation)

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Act Out

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1. The process of doing or performing something: the act of thinking.
a. Something done or performed; a deed: a charitable act.
b. Law Something done that has legal significance: a criminal act.
3. A statute or other law formally adopted by a legislative body: an act of Congress.
4. A formal written record of proceedings or transactions.
5. One of the major divisions of a play, opera, or film.
a. A performance or entertainment usually forming part of a longer presentation: a juggling act; a magic act.
b. The actor or actors presenting such a performance: joined the act in Phoenix.
7. A manifestation of intentional or unintentional insincerity; a pose: put on an act.
v. act·ed, act·ing, acts
1. To play the part of; assume the dramatic role of: She plans to act Ophelia in summer stock.
2. To perform (a role) on the stage: act the part of the villain.
a. To behave like or pose as; impersonate: Don't act the fool.
b. To behave in a manner suitable for: Act your age.
1. To behave or comport oneself: She acts like a born leader.
2. To perform in a dramatic role or roles.
3. To be suitable for theatrical performance: This scene acts well.
4. To behave affectedly or unnaturally; pretend.
5. To appear or seem to be: The dog acted ferocious.
6. To carry out an action: We acted immediately. The governor has not yet acted on the bill.
7. To operate or function in a specific way: His mind acts quickly.
8. To serve or function as a substitute for another: A coin can act as a screwdriver.
9. To produce an effect: waited five minutes for the anesthetic to act.

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