- An act is defined as an action or something which is done.
Drawing, eating and pretending you are someone else are all examples of an act.
- The definition of act means to do something.
To sing, to dance and to swim are each an example of to act.
Dancing is an example of to act.
act definition by Webster's New World
- a thing done; deed
- an action; doing: caught in the act of stealing
- a decision (of a court, legislature, etc.); law; decree
- a document formally stating what has been done, made into law, etc.
- one of the main divisions of a drama or opera
- any of the separate performances on a variety program
- a show of feeling or behavior that is not sincere and is put on just for effect
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French acte ; from Classical Latin actus, a doing or moving, actum, thing done, past participle of agere, to do ; from Indo-European base an unverified form a-, to drive, do from source Classical Greek agein, to lead
- to play the part of
- to perform in (a play)
- to behave in a way suitable for: don't act the child
Origin: ME acten < L actus: see actthe
- to perform in a play, film, etc.; play a role
- to behave as though playing a role
- to be suited to performance: said of a play or a role
- to behave; comport oneself: act like a lady
- to do something: we must act now to forestall disaster
- to serve or function: the fence acts as a barrier
- to serve as spokesman or substitute (for): he's acting for the committee
- to have an effect: acids act on metal
- to appear to be: he acted very angry
act definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The process of doing or performing something: the act of thinking.
- Something done or performed; a deed: a charitable act.
- A product, such as a statute, decree, or enactment, resulting from a decision by a legislative or judicial body: an act of Congress.
- A formal written record of proceedings or transactions.
- One of the major divisions of a play or opera.
- a. A performance or entertainment usually forming part of a longer presentation: a juggling act; a magic act.b. The actor or actors presenting such a performance: joined the act in Phoenix.
- A manifestation of intentional or unintentional insincerity; a pose: put on an act.
- To play the part of; assume the dramatic role of: She plans to act Lady Macbeth in summer stock.
- To perform (a role) on the stage: act the part of the villain.
- a. To behave like or pose as; impersonate: Don't act the fool.b. To behave in a manner suitable for: Act your age.
- To behave or comport oneself: She acts like a born leader.
- To perform in a dramatic role or roles.
- To be suitable for theatrical performance: This scene acts well.
- To behave affectedly or unnaturally; pretend.
- To appear or seem to be: The dog acted ferocious.
- To carry out an action: We acted immediately. The governor has not yet acted on the bill.
- To operate or function in a specific way: His mind acts quickly.
- To serve or function as a substitute for another: A coin can act as a screwdriver.
- To produce an effect: waited five minutes for the anesthetic to act.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French acte, from Latin āctus, a doing, and āctum, a thing done, both from past participle of agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
- acˌta·bilˈi·ty noun
- actˈa·ble adjective
act - Computer Definition
A very popular customer relationship management (CRM) application for Windows from the Sage Group (www.act.com). Officially titled with an exclamation point and also available for Lotus Notes, reps use ACT! to review the notes they previously took along with their customers' e-mail messages and Facebook profiles. A Mac version, now discontinued, was offered earlier. ACT! integrates with popular applications and enables customer reps to access the data simultaneously. Sage Mobile for ACT! supports smartphones and PDAs. Additional services are used to extract prospect lists for generating new customers. Originally a DOS-only program for contact names, ACT! debuted in 1987 from Conductor Software, later renamed Contact Software International. Although ACT!'s ownership changed several times, it evolved into a comprehensive application for the sales professional to organize and track customer details. The product moved from Contact Software to Symantec to SalesLogix, which was later renamed Interact Commerce. In 2002, the Best Software division of the Sage Group acquired Interact.
act - Legal Definition
act - Phrases/Idioms
act upâ Informal
- to be playful
- to misbehave
- to become inflamed, painful, etc.
clean up one's actâ
get one's act togetherâ
be in on the act
clean up (one's) act
get into the act
get (one's) act together