Act meaning

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To perform in a dramatic role or roles.
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To play the part of; assume the dramatic role of.

She plans to act Ophelia in summer stock.

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(in the singular) Abbreviation of actor.
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To be suitable for theatrical performance.

This scene acts well.

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To behave as though playing a role.
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To behave affectedly or unnaturally; pretend.
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To appear or seem to be.

The dog acted ferocious.

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To carry out an action.

We acted immediately. The governor has not yet acted on the bill.

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To operate or function in a specific way.

His mind acts quickly.

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To serve or function as a substitute for another.

A coin can act as a screwdriver.

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To produce an effect.

Waited five minutes for the anesthetic to act.

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A trademark for a standardized college entrance examination.
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Australian Capital Territory.
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A thing done; deed.
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An action; doing.

Caught in the act of stealing.

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A decision (of a court, legislature, etc.); law; decree.
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A document formally stating what has been done, made into law, etc.
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One of the main divisions of a drama or opera.
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Any of the separate performances on a variety program.
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A show of feeling or behavior that is not sincere and is put on just for effect.
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To play the part of.
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To perform in (a play)
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To behave in a way suitable for.

Don't act the child.

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To perform in a play, film, etc.; play a role.
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To be suited to performance.
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To behave; comport oneself.

Act like a lady.

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To do something.

We must act now to forestall disaster.

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To serve or function.

The fence acts as a barrier.

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To serve as spokesman or substitute (for)

He's acting for the committee.

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To have an effect.

Acids act on metal.

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To appear to be.

He acted very angry.

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Active.
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American College Test.
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A very popular customer relationship management (CRM) application for Windows from Swiftpage ACT! LLC (www.act.com). Officially titled with an exclamation point, reps use Act! to review the notes they previously took along with their customers' email 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. Cloud and hosted versions along with custom solutions are also available.Originally a DOS 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 (renamed Interact Commerce) to the Sage Group and then Swiftpage in 2013.
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A statute. Something done or performed. The process of doing or performing. See also actus reus, overt act and omission.
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(countable) Something done, a deed.

An act of goodwill.

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(countable) A product of a legislative body, a statute.
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The process of doing something.

He was caught in the act.

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(countable) A formal or official record of something done.
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(countable) A division of a theatrical performance.

The pivotal moment in the play was in the first scene of the second act.

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(countable) A performer or performers in a show.

Which act did you prefer? The soloist or the band?

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(countable) Any organized activity.
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(countable) A display of behaviour.
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A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
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(intransitive) To do something.

If you don't act soon, you will be in trouble.

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Barrow.

Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do.

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Cowper.

Uplifted hands that at convenient times / Could act extortion and the worst of crimes.

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(intransitive) To perform a theatrical role.

I started acting at the age of eleven in my local theatre.

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(intransitive) To behave in a certain way.

He's acting strangely - I think there's something wrong with him.

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(copulative) To convey an appearance of being.

He acted unconcerned so the others wouldn't worry.

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(intransitive, construed with on or upon) To have an effect (on).

High-pressure oxygen acts on the central nervous system and may cause convulsions or death.

Gravitational force acts on heavy bodies.

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To play (a role).

He's been acting Shakespearean leads since he was twelve.

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To feign.

He acted the angry parent, but was secretly amused.

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(mathematics, intransitive, construed with on or upon, of a group) To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).

This group acts on the circle, so it can't be left-orderable!

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(in the plural) Abbreviation of activities.
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(in the singular) Abbreviation of actuary.
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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.

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The definition of act means to do something.

To sing, to dance and to swim are each an example of to act.

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The process of doing or performing something.

The act of thinking.

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A statute or other law formally adopted by a legislative body.

An act of Congress.

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A formal written record of proceedings or transactions.
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One of the major divisions of a play, opera, or film.
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A manifestation of intentional or unintentional insincerity; a pose.

Put on an act.

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To perform (a role) on the stage.

Act the part of the villain.

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To behave or comport oneself.

She acts like a born leader.

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Abbreviation of acting.
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(grammar) Abbreviation of active.
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Abbreviation of actual.
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be in on the act
  • To be included in an activity.
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clean up (one's) act
  • To improve one's behavior or performance.
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get into the act
  • To insert oneself into an ongoing activity, project, or situation.
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get (one's) act together
  • To get organized.
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act out
  • To behave in a way that unconsciously expresses (feelings that were repressed in an earlier situation).
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act up
  • To be playful.
  • To misbehave.
  • To become inflamed, painful, etc.
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clean up one's act
  • To reform one's conduct, improve one's practices, etc.
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get one's act together
  • To organize one's ideas, procedures, etc. so as to function more effectively.
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Origin of act

  • Middle English from Old French acte from Latin āctus a doing, āctum a thing done both from past participle of agere to drive, do ag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old French acte, from Latin ācta (“register of events”), plural of āctum (“decree, law”), from agō (“put in motion”).

    From Wiktionary