act

37 ENTRIES FOUND:

1act

noun \ˈakt\

: something that is done

: a law made by a group of legislators

: one of the main divisions of a play or opera

Full Definition of ACT

1
a :  the doing of a thing :  deed
b :  something done voluntarily
2
:  a state of real existence rather than possibility
3
:  the formal product of a legislative body :  statute; also :  a decision or determination of a sovereign, a legislative council, or a court of justice
4
:  the process of doing :  action <caught in the act>
5
often capitalized :  a formal record of something done or transacted
6
:  one of the principal divisions of a theatrical work (as a play or opera)
7
a :  one of successive parts or performances (as in a variety show or circus)
b :  the performer or performers in such an act
c :  a performance or presentation identified with a particular individual or group
d :  the sum of a person's actions or effects that serve to create an impression or set an example <a hard act to follow>
8
:  a display of affected behavior :  pretense
into the act or in on the act
:  into an undertaking or situation as an active participant

Examples of ACT

  1. We were grateful for her many acts of kindness.
  2. the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  3. Please read act II, scene 1 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
  4. In the first act, two characters are talking in a restaurant.

Origin of ACT

Middle English, partly from Latin actus doing, act, from agere to drive, do; partly from Latin actum thing done, record, from neuter of actus, past participle of agere — more at agent
First Known Use: 14th century

2act

verb

: to do something : to take action

: to behave in a particular way

: to behave in a way that is not sincere or honest

Full Definition of ACT

transitive verb
1
obsolete :  actuate, animate
2
a :  to represent or perform by action especially on the stage
b :  feign, simulate
c :  impersonate
3
:  to play the part of as if in a play <act the man of the world>
4
:  to behave in a manner suitable to <act your age>
intransitive verb
1
a :  to perform on the stage
b :  to behave as if performing on the stage :  pretend
2
:  to take action :  move <think before acting> <acted favorably on the recommendation>
3
:  to conduct oneself :  behave <act like a fool>
4
:  to perform a specified function :  serve <trees acting as a windbreak>
5
:  to produce an effect :  work <wait for a medicine to act>
6
of a play :  to be capable of being performed <the play acts well>
7
:  to give a decision or award <adjourned without acting on the bill>
act·abil·i·ty \ˌak-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
act·able \ˈak-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of ACT

  1. He knew he had to act quickly.
  2. The government was slow to act.
  3. She acted on behalf of her father, who was not at the meeting.
  4. I believe that the killer acted alone.
  5. She had acted in self-defense when she killed her attacker.
  6. We were acting in the best interests of our children.
  7. We must act soon to end this crisis.
  8. She learned at an early age how to act properly in social situations.
  9. People are always telling me how I should act and what I should say.
  10. I noticed that the dog was acting funny this morning.

First Known Use of ACT

1590

3act

abbreviation

Definition of ACT

1
active
2
actor
3
actual

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

1ACT

abbreviation

Definition of ACT

1
Action for Children's Television
2
Association of Classroom Teachers
3
Australian Capital Territory

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

2ACT

trademark \ˌā-ˌsē-ˈtē\

Definition of ACT

—used for a standardized achievement test to evaluate suitability for college admission

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

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