Noun Act Definition and Examples





1. anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act.

2. the process of doing: caught in the act.

3. a formal decision, law, or the like, by a legislature, ruler, court, or other authority; decree or edict; statute; judgment, resolve, or award: an act of Congress.

4. an instrument or document stating something done or transacted.

5. one of the main divisions of a play or opera: the second act of Hamlet.

6. a short performance by one or more entertainers, usually part of a variety show or radio or television program.

7. the personnel of such a group: The act broke up after 30 years.

8. false show; pretense; feint: The politician's pious remarks were all an act.

9. Philosophy. activity in process; operation. the principle or power of operation. form as determining essence. a state of realization, as opposed to potentiality. verb (used without object) 10. to do something; exert energy or force; be employed or operative: He acted promptly in the emergency. 1

1. to reach, make, or issue a decision on some matter: I am required to act before noon tomorrow. 1

2. to operate or function in a particular way; perform specific duties or functions: to act as manager. 1

3. to produce an effect; perform a function: The medicine failed to act. 1

4. to behave or conduct oneself in a particular fashion: to act well under all conditions. 1

5. to pretend; feign: Act interested even if you're bored. 1

6. to perform as an actor: He acted in three plays by Molière. 1

7. to be capable of being performed: His plays don't act well. 1

8. to serve or substitute (usually followed by for): In my absence the assistant manager will act for me. verb (used with object) 1

9. to represent (a fictitious or historical character) with one's person: to act Macbeth. 20. to feign; counterfeit: to act outraged virtue. 2

1. to behave as: He acted the fool. 2

2. Obsolete. to actuate. Verb phrases 2

3. act on/upon, to act in accordance with; follow: He acted on my advice. to have an effect on; affect: The stirring music acted on the emotions of the audience. 2

4. act out, to demonstrate or illustrate by pantomime or by words and gestures: The party guests acted out stories for one another. Psychology. to give overt expression to (repressed emotions or impulses) without insightful understanding: The patients acted out early traumas by getting angry with the analyst. 2

5. act up, to fail to function properly; malfunction: The vacuum cleaner is acting up again. to behave willfully: The children always act up in school the day before a holiday.


"There can be act leaders."
"There can be act people/places/organizations."
"There can be act expresslies."
"There can be act stills."
"There can be act ups."
"There can be act procedures."
"There can be act autonomouslies."
"There can be act wills."
"There can be act utilitarianisms."
"There can be act teleconferencings."
"There can be act people."
"There can be act mps."
"There can be act legislations."
"There can be act laws."
"There can be act exemptions."
"There can be act emphasiseses."
"There can be act doctrines."
"There can be act banks."
"There can be act whiles."
"There can be act states."

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