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English definition of “acting”

acting

adjective     /ˈæk.tɪŋ/
acting chairman, manager, etc. someone who does a job for a short time while the person who usually does that job is not there: He'll be the acting director until they can appoint a permanent one.Employment status and types of workTemporaryShort in time
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