She plans to act Ophelia in summer stock.
This scene acts well.
The dog acted ferocious.
We acted immediately. The governor has not yet acted on the bill.
His mind acts quickly.
A coin can act as a screwdriver.
Waited five minutes for the anesthetic to act.
Caught in the act of stealing.
Don't act the child.
Act like a lady.
We must act now to forestall disaster.
The fence acts as a barrier.
He's acting for the committee.
Acids act on metal.
He acted very angry.
He was caught in the act.
Which act did you prefer? The soloist or the band?
If you don't act soon, you will be in trouble.
Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do.
Uplifted hands that at convenient times / Could act extortion and the worst of crimes.
I started acting at the age of eleven in my local theatre.
He's acting strangely - I think there's something wrong with him.
He acted unconcerned so the others wouldn't worry.
High-pressure oxygen acts on the central nervous system and may cause convulsions or death.
Gravitational force acts on heavy bodies.
He's been acting Shakespearean leads since he was twelve.
Drawing, eating and pretending you are someone else are all examples of an act.
To sing, to dance and to swim are each an example of to act.
The act of thinking.
An act of Congress.
Put on an act.
Act the part of the villain.
She acts like a born leader.
- To be included in an activity.
- To improve one's behavior or performance.
- To insert oneself into an ongoing activity, project, or situation.
- To get organized.
- To behave in a way that unconsciously expresses (feelings that were repressed in an earlier situation).
- To be playful.
- To misbehave.
- To become inflamed, painful, etc.
- To reform one's conduct, improve one's practices, etc.
- To organize one's ideas, procedures, etc. so as to function more effectively.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
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”).