act out

1. represent an incident, state, or emotion by action, especially on stage (Freq. 1)

She could act neurotic anxiety

Hypernyms: ↑act, ↑play, ↑represent
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

2. act out; represent or perform as if in a play (Freq. 1)

She reenacted what had happened earlier that day

Syn: ↑enact, ↑reenact
Derivationally related forms: ↑enactment (for: ↑enact)
Hypernyms: ↑act, ↑play, ↑represent
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

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misbehave, esp. when unhappy or stressed

many children who act out while awaiting placement in a health care facility end up in juvenile detention

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act out [phrasal verb]
1 a : to behave badly especially because you are feeling painful emotions (such as fear or anger)

What can parents do when their kids start acting out?

1 b act out (something) or act (something) out : to show that you are feeling (a painful emotion) by acting in ways that are not good or acceptable

children acting out their emotions in inappropriate ways

He tries not to act out his anger/frustrations.

2 act out (something) or act (something) out
2 a : to perform (a play, a character in a movie, etc.)

plays acted out on stage

She skillfully acted out the role of a young queen.

2 b : to do and say the things that happen in (a movie, past event, etc.)

At their last party, they acted out [=reenacted] scenes from old movies.

The children were acting out what they saw on television.

adults acting out their childhood dreams/fantasies [=doing the things they wanted to do when they were children]

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Main Entry:act

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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