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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyact out
he/she/itacts out
present participleacting out
past tenseacted out
past participleacted out
  1. 2
    to express your thoughts or feelings through your words or behaviour

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

  2. 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.

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