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Definitions for actor
ˈæk tərac·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. actor, histrion, player, thespian, role playernoun

    a theatrical performer

  2. actor, doer, workernoun

    a person who acts and gets things done

    "he's a principal actor in this affair"; "when you want something done get a doer"; "he's a miracle worker"


  1. actornoun

    a person who performs in a theatrical play or film

  2. actornoun

    one who acts; a doer

  3. actornoun

    one who takes part in a situation

  4. actornoun

    An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes.

  5. actornoun

    One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant.

  6. actornoun

    One who enacts a certain policy action.

  7. actornoun

    The entity that performs a role (in use case analysis).

  8. Etymology: From actor, from. Cognate with Ancient Greek ἄκτωρ, from ἄγω.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Actornoun

    Etymology: actor, Lat.

    The virtues of either age may correct the defects of both: and good for succession, that young men may be learners, while men in age are actors. Francis Bacon, Essay civ.

    He, who writes an Encomium Neronis, if he does it heartily, is himself but a transcript of Nero in his mind, and would, no doubt, gladly enough see such pranks, as he was famous for, acted again, though he dares not be the actor of them himself. Robert South, Sermons.

    Would you have
    Such an Herculean actor in the scene,
    And not this hydra? They must sweat no less
    To fit their properties, than t’ express their parts. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

    When a good actor doth his part present,
    In every act he our attention draws,
    That at the last he may find just applause. John Denham.

    These false beauties of the stage are no more lasting than a rain-bow; when the actor ceases to shine upon them, when he gilds them no longer with his reflection, they vanish in a twinkling. John Dryden, Spanish Friar, Dedication.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Actornoun

    one who acts, or takes part in any affair; a doer

  2. Actornoun

    a theatrical performer; a stageplayer

  3. Actornoun

    an advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes

  4. Actornoun

    one who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant

  5. Etymology: [L. actor, fr. agere to act.]


  1. Actor

    An actor is a person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity. The ancient Greek word for an "actor," ὑποκριτής, means literally "one who interprets"; in this sense, an actor is one who interprets a dramatic character.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'actor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4396

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'actor' in Nouns Frequency: #1201

Anagrams for actor »

  1. Croat

  2. corta

  3. rocta

  4. troca

  5. taroc

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of actor in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of actor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of actor in a Sentence

  1. Nicolas Cage:

    For me it always implies,' Oh, he's a great actor, therefore he's a great liar,' thespian.

  2. James Dean:

    An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet.

  3. Rachel Nichols:

    Rachel Nichols said it was surprising and disappointing that the NBA did not do the same especially when it had tributes for civil rights icon John Lewis and actor Chadwich Boseman. If you are a league that holds equality as a core value, and I know for sure that this league does, the icons of that equality cant be those who just helped the men that we all see on TV but those who paved the way for the women who worked right alongside them, after all, the NBA is significantly stronger because of all the women who work in it and around it. And we are all significantly stronger because a young lawyer dedicated her life to allow us to have those opportunities. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert released a statement on Bader Ginsburg death on Friday two days before the Las Vegas Aces and Connecticut Sun played their playoff game. Sad to hear of the passing of an icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a role model, and a champion for equality for so many.

  4. Stacie Dusetzina:

    Since companies set prices to whatever the market will bear, then it is not really a surprise that most companies which are for-profit want to get their shareholders the maximum price, that's merely being a rational actor in this marketplace.

  5. Kit Harington:

    It was emotional to leave the job, definitely, but I wouldn't say I was sad : If, like me, you go all the way back to the pilot of' Game of Thrones,' that's almost 10 years of your life. That's really unusual in an actor's career.

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