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act / akt/ • v. [intr.] 1. take action; do something: they urged Washington to act. ∎  (act on) take action according to or in the light of: I shall certainly act on his suggestion. ∎  (act for) take action in order to bring about: one's ability to act for community change. ∎  (act for/on behalf of) represent (someone) on a contractual, legal, or paid basis: he chose an attorney to act for him. ∎  (act from/out of) be motivated by: you acted from greed. 2. behave in the way specified: the man who was acting suspiciously. ∎  (act as/like) behave in the manner of: try to act like civilized adults. 3. (act as) fulfill the function or serve the purpose of: they need volunteers to act as foster parents. ∎  have the effect of: a five-year sentence will act as a deterrent. 4. take effect; have a particular effect: bacteria act on proteins and sugar. 5. perform a fictional role in a play, movie, or television production: she acted in her first professional role at the age of six. ∎  [tr.] perform (a part or role). ∎  behave so as to appear to be; pretend to be: I acted dumb at first. ∎  [tr.] (act something out) perform a narrative as if it were a play: encouraging students to act out the stories. ∎  [tr.] (act something out) Psychoanalysis express repressed or unconscious feelings in overt behavior. • n. 1. a thing done; a deed: a criminal act. 2. [in sing.] a pretense: she was putting on an act and laughing a lot. ∎  a particular type of behavior or routine: he did his Sir Galahad act. 3. Law a written ordinance of Congress, or another legislative body; a statute: the act to abolish slavery. ∎  a document attesting a legal transaction. ∎  (often acts) dated the recorded decisions or proceedings of a committee or an academic body. 4. a main division of a play, ballet, or opera. ∎  a set performance: her one-woman poetry act. ∎  a performing group: a sisters act. PHRASES: act of God an instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation (often used in insurance claims). catch someone in the act surprise someone in the process of doing something wrong: the thieves were caught in the act. clean up one's act behave in a more acceptable manner. get one's act together inf. organize oneself in the manner required in order to achieve something. in the act of in the process of: they photographed him in the act of reading other people's mail. read the Riot Actsee Riot Act.PHRASAL VERBS: act out misbehave, esp. when unhappy or stressed. act up (of a thing) fail to function properly. ∎  (of a person) misbehave. DERIVATIVES: act·a·bil·i·ty / ˌaktəˈbilitē/ n. (in sense 5 of the verb). act·a·ble adj. (in sense 5 of the verb).

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ACT

Something done; usually, something done intentionally or voluntarily or with a purpose.

The term encompasses not only physical acts—such as turning on the water or purchasing a gun—but also refers to more intangible acts such as adopting a decree, edict, law, judgment, award, or determination. An act may be a private act, done by an individual managing his or her personal affairs, or it may be a public act, done by an official, a council, or a court. When a bill is favorably acted upon in the process of legislation, it becomes an act.

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act deed XIV; legislative decree XV; section of a drama XVII. Mainly — L. āctus doing, āctum public transaction, f. āct-, pp. stem of agere do; partly through F. acte.
So act vb. XV.

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ACT • abbr. ∎  American College Test. ∎  Australian Capital Territory.

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act, action, social act See ACTION THEORY; MEANING; PARSONS, TALCOTT; WEBER, MAX.

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act

actabreact, abstract, act, attract, bract, compact, contract, counteract, diffract, enact, exact, extract, fact, humpbacked, hunchbacked, impact, interact, matter-of-fact, pact, protract, redact, refract, retroact, subcontract, subtract, tact, tract, transact, unbacked, underact, untracked •play-act • autodidact •artefact (US artifact) • cataract •contact •marked, unremarked •Wehrmacht •affect, bisect, bull-necked, collect, confect, connect, correct, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, effect, eject, elect, erect, expect, infect, inflect, inject, inspect, interconnect, interject, intersect, misdirect, neglect, object, perfect, project, prospect, protect, reflect, reject, respect, resurrect, sect, select, subject, suspect, transect, unchecked, Utrecht •prefect • abject • retroject • intellect •genuflect • idiolect • dialect • aspect •circumspect • retrospect • Dordrecht •vivisect • architect • unbaked •sun-baked

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