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to act the innocent

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Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

act /ækt/ n
  1. something done or performed; a deed
  2. the performance of some physical or mental process; action
  3. (capital when part of a name) the formally codified result of deliberation by a legislative body; a law, edict, decree, statute, etc
  4. (often plural) a formal written record of transactions, proceedings, etc, as of a society, committee, or legislative body
  5. a major division of a dramatic work
  6. a short performance of skill, a comic sketch, dance, etc, esp one that is part of a programme of light entertainment
  7. those giving such a performance
  8. an assumed attitude or pose, esp one intended to impress
  1. (intransitive) to do something; carry out an action
  2. (intransitive) to function in a specified way; operate; react: his mind acted quickly
  3. to perform (a part or role) in a play, etc
  4. (transitive) to present (a play, etc) on stage
  5. (intr; usually followed by for or as) to be a substitute (for); function in place (of)
  6. (intransitive) followed by as: to serve the function or purpose (of)
  7. (intransitive) to conduct oneself or behave (as if one were): she usually acts like a lady
  8. (intransitive) to behave in an unnatural or affected way
  9. (copula) to pose as; play the part of: to act the fool
  10. (copula) to behave in a manner appropriate to (esp in the phrase act one's age)
  11. get in on the actinformal to become involved in a profitable undertaking or advantageous situation in order to share in the benefits
  12. get one's act togetherinformal to become organized or prepared

See also act on, act upEtymology: 14th Century: from Latin actus a doing, performance, and actum a thing done, from the past participle of agere to do

ˈactable adj ˌactaˈbility n

ACT abbreviation for
  1. Australian Capital Territory
  2. (formerly in Britain) advance corporation tax
ACT /ækt/ n acronym for
  1. (in New Zealand) Association of Consumers and Taxpayers: a small political party of the right

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