Definitions of act

  1.   pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; " He acted the idiot"; " She plays deaf when the news are bad"
  2.   To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food.
  3.   To move to action; to actuate; to animate.
  4.   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".
  5.   To perform an act; behave; do; perform on the stage.
  6.   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.
  7.   That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed.
  8.   Something done or doing: an exploit: a law: a part of a play.
  9.   Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of ( doing).
  10.   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.
  11.   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.
  12.   be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
  13.   A law.
  14.   behave unnaturally or affectedly; " She's just acting"
  15.   perform on a stage or theater; " She acts in this play"; " He acted in ` Julius Caesar'"; " I played in ` A Christmas Carol'"
  16.   be suitable for theatrical performance; " This scene acts well"
  17.   A section of a play or drama.
  18.   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"
  19.   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.
  20.   To exert force or energy; to behave; to do; to perform on the stage.
  21.   A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done.
  22.   To perform; to play the part of.
  23.   a manifestation of insincerity; " he put on quite an act for her benefit"
  24.   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.
  25.   discharge one's duties; " She acts as the chair"; " In what capacity are you acting?"
  26.   To perform: to imitate or play the part of.
  27.   To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.
  28.   A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence.
  29.   To perform on the stage; to represent a character.
  30.   To perform or play, as on the stage; personate; feign.
  31.   a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
  32.   A deed; a law; a division of a drama.
  33.   a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
  34.   To perform; to behave one's self; to play a part.
  35.   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.
  36.   The exertion of power; something done; a deed.
  37.   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"
  38.   A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
  39.   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.
  40.   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"
  41.   To do; to exert power; to perform.
  42.   To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.
  43.   To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.
  44.   A deed; a doing; power exerted; an exploit; a decree or law.
  45.   something that people do or cause to happen
  46.   To perform; to execute; to do.
  47.   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"
  48.   To exert force or influence: to produce an effect: to behave one's self.
  49.   To perform; do; play; feign.

Quotes of act

  1. The first act of religion, therefore, concerns those things which are communicated to us from God. The other concerns those things which we yield to God. – William Ames
  2. The catch phrase for the day is 'Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile.' – Harvey Ball
  3. The people elected us to end the talk and to act decisively. – Chris Christie
  4. Europe and America must act together in the face of evil. It's high time for Americans and Europeans to restore that unity and be able to take actions collectively together. – Wesley Clark
  5. Each victim of suicide gives his act a personal stamp which expresses his temperament, the special conditions in which he is involved, and which, consequently, cannot be explained by the social and general causes of the phenomenon. – Emile Durkheim
  6. Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steady gains in strength, At first it may be but as a spider's web, easily broken through, but if not resisted it soon binds us with chains of steel. – Tryon Edwards
  7. So many singers want to act and so many actors try to sing. – Crystal Gayle
  8. The emergence of Pakistan, a decade ago, was an act of protest against the existence of privilege in the social order of the subcontinent of India. – Aly Khan
  9. When you really don't like a guy, they're all over you, and as soon as you act like you like them, they're no longer interested. – Beyonce Knowles
  10. Be great in act as you have been in thought. – Jean Paul
  11. Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act There is no other route to success. – Pablo Picasso
  12. People who act like angels ought to have angels to deal with. – Samuel Richardson
  13. I'd seen musicians act and it scares me. And they make more money than me. – Tim Roth
  14. Sometimes even to live is an act of courage. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  15. I always wanted to tell stories and act – Eli Wallach

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. She had a right to keep all that from those who had no right to know it, but she had no right, or if she had the right, she had not the power to act as if the past had never been. ” – The Coast of Bohemia by William Dean Howells
  3. Do what they tell you if you want to- but do not act the way they do! ” – Men Called Him Master by Elwyn Allen Smith
  4. You ain't a fool, even if you do act like one. ” – The Uphill Climb by B. M. Bower
  5. The last act of the show is the best. ” – The Evil Shepherd by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. She must act and must act for herself. ” – The New Tenant by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  7. Julia did not act as if she had heard the question. ” – The Cry at Midnight by Mildred A. Wirt
  8. But the whole point is that he would not act in the same way now. ” – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  9. We shall act at once, replied Glen. ” – The Sweep Winner by Nat Gould
  10. “ I guess I could act for her." ” – The Reverberator by Henry James
  11. “ I must act as if I've noticed nothing out of the way. ” – Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery by Joan Clark
  12. He started to say he was sorry that he had to act as he did. ” – Evil Out of Onzar by Mark Ganes
  13. “ To no more " means act than from " means act – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  14. But are they going to act something? ” – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  15. The last act I can never forget. ” – Life on the Stage by Clara Morris
  16. “ I should know how to act then." ” – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  17. He knew that I was one who would act up to my word. ” – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  18. How can you act so? ” – Jennie Baxter, Journalist by Robert Barr
  19. Didn't he act it? ” – Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford by George Randolph Chester
  20. But we all look it and act it. ” – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips

Idioms for act