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Definitions of act

  1. To be in action or motion; to exert power; to produce effects; to operate; to perform; to behave. To act up to, to be equal to in action. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To move to action; to actuate; to animate. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To perform; to execute; to do. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To perform or play, as on the stage; personate; feign. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To perform: to imitate or play the part of. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To perform actions; to fulfill functions; to put forth energy; to move, as opposed to remaining at rest; to carry into effect a determination of the will. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To behave or conduct, as in morals, private duties, or public offices; to bear or deport one's self; as, we know not why he has acted so. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To perform on the stage; to represent a character. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To exert force or energy; to behave; to do; to perform on the stage. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To exert force or influence: to produce an effect: to behave one's self. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. To perform an act; behave; do; perform on the stage. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. To perform; to play the part of. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To do; to exert power; to perform. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  26. perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected; "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly". Wordnet Dictionary DB
  28. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. The result of public deliberation; the decision or determination of a legislative body, council, court of justice, etc.; a decree, edit, law, judgment, resolve, award; as, an act of Parliament, or of Congress. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. A performance of part of a play; one of the principal divisions of a play or dramatic work in which a certain definite part of the action is completed. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence. Webster Dictionary DB
  34. Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing). Webster Dictionary DB
  35. A law. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. A deed; that which is done; the process of doing; a decree, edict, or law; the judgment of a court; a formal writing; one of the principal divisions of a drama or play. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  37. Something done or doing: an exploit: a law: a part of a play. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  38. A deed; a law; a division of a drama. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  39. To perform; to behave one's self; to play a part. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  40. The exertion of power; something done; a deed. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. A section of a play or drama. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. Action; performance; a deed; a state of reality, as opposed to possibility; a division of a play during which the action proceeds without interruption; a decree, edict, or law. A deed in writing, proving the truth of some transaction. In English universities, a thesis maintained in public by a candidate for a degree. At Oxford, the time when the masters and doctors complete their degrees; and which at Cambridge is called commencement. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  43. A deed; a doing; power exerted; an exploit; a decree or law. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for act

  1. " No, no," said Susy; " I haven't come here to act servant to you, Aunt Church." – The Rebel of the School by Mrs. L. T. Meade
  2. You ain't a fool, even if you do act like one. – The Uphill Climb by B. M. Bower
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