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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
act /ækt/USA pronunciation
-act- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "to do, move''. It is related to the root -ag-. This meaning is found in such words as: act, action, exact, inexact, transact.
[no object] to do something;
- anything done or to be done;
deed:an act of mercy.
- the process of doing: caught in the act.
- Government[sometimes: Act] a formal decision, law, or the like; a decree or edict:an act of Congress.
- Show Businessone of the main divisions of a play or opera: a drama in three acts.
- a short performance by one or more entertainers, usually part of a variety show, circus, etc.:an acrobatic act.
- [usually singular] a display of insincere behavior assumed for effect; pretense:Her apology was all an act.
carry out an action.
(~ + on + object)] to reach or issue a decision on some matter:Congress failed to act (on the tax bill).
[no obj] to operate or function in a particular way:acted as manager.
to produce an effect: The medicine failed to act.
to conduct oneself in a particular fashion: [no object]acted foolishly.[~ + object]to act one's age.
[no obj] to pretend; feign:was just acting and wasn't really sorry.
Show Businessto perform as an actor: [no object]has acted on Broadway.[~ + object]to act Macbeth.
act on or upon, [~ + on/upon + object]
- to act in accordance with; follow:will act on (upon) your wishes immediately.
- to have an effect on;
affect:The aspirin acted on the pain.
- [ ~ + out + obj] to show or express by gestures or actions:He acted out his frustrations by throwing things.
act up, [no object]
- to perform: [ ~ + out + obj]:The students acted out the roles in the play.[ ~ + obj + out]:to act the roles out.
- to fail to function properly:The car's transmission is acting up.
- to behave willfully:The tired, cranky child acted up during the wedding.
- (of a recurring ailment) to become troublesome:His rheumatism is acting up.
Idioms in the act of, in the process of:was caught in the act of climbing out the window.See -act-.
- Idiomsclean up one's act, to begin to behave in a more socially acceptable way.
- Idiomsget or have one's act together, to behave or function responsibly and efficiently.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
act /ækt/ n
- something done or performed; a deed
- the performance of some physical or mental process; action
- (capital when part of a name) the formally codified result of deliberation by a legislative body; a law, edict, decree, statute, etc
- (often plural) a formal written record of transactions, proceedings, etc, as of a society, committee, or legislative body
- a major division of a dramatic work
- a short performance of skill, a comic sketch, dance, etc, esp one that is part of a programme of light entertainment
- those giving such a performance
- an assumed attitude or pose, esp one intended to impress
See also act on
- (intransitive) to do something; carry out an action
- (intransitive) to function in a specified way; operate; react: his mind acted quickly
- to perform (a part or role) in a play, etc
- (transitive) to present (a play, etc) on stage
- (intr; usually followed by for or as) to be a substitute (for); function in place (of)
- (intransitive) followed by as: to serve the function or purpose (of)
- (intransitive) to conduct oneself or behave (as if one were): she usually acts like a lady
- (intransitive) to behave in an unnatural or affected way
- (copula) to pose as; play the part of: to act the fool
- (copula) to behave in a manner appropriate to (esp in the phrase act one's age)
- get in on the act ⇒ informal to become involved in a profitable undertaking or advantageous situation in order to share in the benefits
- get one's act together ⇒ informal to become organized or prepared
, act upEtymology: 14th Century: from Latin actus a doing, performance, and actum a thing done, from the past participle of agere to doˈactable adj ˌactaˈbility n
ACT abbreviation for
- Australian Capital Territory
- (formerly in Britain) advance corporation tax
ACT /ækt/ n acronym for
- (in New Zealand) Association of Consumers and Taxpayers: a small political party of the right