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acting

adjective adjutant, deputy, holding legal rights conferred by another, replacing, representative, representing, speaking by delegated authority, standing in the place of, substituting for, temporary, transient
Associated concepts: acting illegally, acting in a boisterrus manner, acting in concert with others, acting in good faith, acting judge, acting mayor, acting officer, acting within the course of employment, acting within the scope of employment
See also: histrionics, operative, representative, surrogate, temporary, vicarious
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True, to see real acting, good hardened real acting; but I would hardly walk from this room to the next to look at the raw efforts of those who have not been bred to the trade: a set of gentlemen and ladies, who have all the disadvantages of education and decorum to struggle through.
Nobody is fonder of the exercise of talent in young people, or promotes it more, than my father, and for anything of the acting, spouting, reciting kind, I think he has always a decided taste.
My father wished us, as schoolboys, to speak well, but he would never wish his grown-up daughters to be acting plays.
If you are resolved on acting," replied the persevering Edmund, "I must hope it will be in a very small and quiet way; and I think a theatre ought not to be attempted.
The upper part was open all round, and upon this the acting took place.
But while the rehearsing and acting were going on the players received their food, and when it was all over they wound up with a great supper.
I didn't say so to papa," said Norah, taking her mother's arm on the way back to the house, "but the bad result of the acting, in my opinion, will be the familiarity it is sure to encourage between Magdalen and Francis Clare.
It was delicious to see the little airs Polly put on, for she felt as if she were somebody else, and acting a part.
Man's actions proceed from his innate character and the motives acting upon him.
As species are produced and exterminated by slowly acting and still existing causes, and not by miraculous acts of creation and by catastrophes; and as the most important of all causes of organic change is one which is almost independent of altered and perhaps suddenly altered physical conditions, namely, the mutual relation of organism to organism,--the improvement of one being entailing the improvement or the extermination of others; it follows, that the amount of organic change in the fossils of consecutive formations probably serves as a fair measure of the lapse of actual time.
It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent on each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.
It was after five o'clock, and Sibyl had to lie down for a couple of hours before acting.