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Used to describe participants in international relations e.g, States, Non Governmental Organizations and Multi National Corporations.

1. A theatrical performer.

2. One who takes part; a participant: "France, Britain . . . and any other external actors now involved . . . in the affairs of the continent" (Helen Kitchen).

3. Law One, such as the manager of a business, who acts for another.

4. A participant that contributes to something.

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