Noun Acting-up 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.

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