act out

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "act out":
present tense I/you/we/they act out he/she/it acts out present participle acting out past tense acted out past participle acted out
1) to show the events that happened in a situation by doing them again or by doing the same things as the people involved

The scenarios that the trainees act out are videotaped.

2) to express your thoughts or feelings through your words or behaviour

He was acting out his feelings of inferiority by being overly aggressive.

3) to do something that you have planned or had previously only thought of doing

Just imagining these things is fine, as long as you don't try to act them out.


English dictionary. 2014.

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