Noun Acted-upon Definition and Examples







  1. 'a school's dependence upon parental support'
  2. 'Taste is based upon a certain set of assumptions about what is good or bad in the world.'
  3. 'The pressure upon him is heavy, not least because everything is now out of his hands.'
  4. 'Easter is almost upon us and with it will come the full blast of the tourist trade.'
  5. 'It is a seed of hope within what you rightly describe as a society based upon violence.'
  6. 'Part of the city and a theme park will be built upon artificial islands on the lake.'
  7. 'This is exactly the kind of sportsmanship this great game of rugby union is built upon.'
  8. 'She had a core of inner strength and she could be relied upon if you really needed help or you were in a mess.'
  9. 'An American ship came to the island upon which we were being kept and we were freed.'
  10. 'He has also made sure that the club has a far wider range of players to call upon.'
  11. 'The head chef is the key foundation upon which the business is built as are all the staff.'


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.


"acted-upons can be as nouns."
"acted-upons can depict in drawings."



Middle English: from up + on, suggested by Old Norse upp á.

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