Definitions of act

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

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. I should know how to act then." – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  2. 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
  3. The last act I can never forget. – Life on the Stage by Clara Morris
  4. We shall act at once, replied Glen. – The Sweep Winner by Nat Gould
  5. But are they going to act something? – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  6. To no more " means act than from " means act – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  7. But we all look it and act it. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  8. She must act and must act for herself. – The New Tenant by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  9. But the whole point is that he would not act in the same way now. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  10. 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
  11. I guess I could act for her." – The Reverberator by Henry James
  12. The last act of the show is the best. – The Evil Shepherd by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  13. " 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
  14. He started to say he was sorry that he had to act as he did. – Evil Out of Onzar by Mark Ganes
  15. I must act as if I've noticed nothing out of the way. – Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery by Joan Clark
  16. Didn't he act it? – Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford by George Randolph Chester
  17. Julia did not act as if she had heard the question. – The Cry at Midnight by Mildred A. Wirt
  18. How can you act so? – Jennie Baxter, Journalist by Robert Barr
  19. You ain't a fool, even if you do act like one. – The Uphill Climb by B. M. Bower
  20. He knew that I was one who would act up to my word. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope

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