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

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