plural in form but singular in construction
: a book in the New Testament narrating the beginnings of the Christian church

called also Acts of the Apostles

see Bible Table

Examples of Acts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Taking the protest to sports Acts of protest weren’t confined to Iran. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2023 In the Bible, Jesus uses the church to describe his people (Acts 20:28). Maxine Harrison,, 11 Sep. 2023 This step would be faithful to the law: In 2022, a federal court of appeals in Boston recognized that the antitrust statutes protecting workers’ ability to organize—the Clayton and Norris-LaGuardia Acts—say nothing about excluding independent contractors. Sandeep Vaheesan, The New Republic, 29 Aug. 2023 Since his release, Bunton has joined Creative Acts—an organization co-founded by Williams, building on her previous work—as director of programming. Abigail Glasgow, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Aug. 2023 The Reconstruction Amendments are the constitutional version of these Acts. Time, 15 Aug. 2023 Plus, Miss Marple, an older woman who is an amateur sleuth, is a definite literary forebear to Charles and Oliver. 8 Acts of Violet: A Novel Now 48% Off $15 at Amazon Almost a decade ago, magician Violet Volk vanished mid-act. Michael Stillwell, Town & Country, 12 Aug. 2023 Speaking at the Finishing Trades Institute, a union training and education department, Harris highlighted the new rule that updates the prevailing wage regulations under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA), which determines the hourly wage for many union workers. Molly Nagle, ABC News, 8 Aug. 2023 Earlier this year the Utah government passed the Utah Social Media Regulation Acts, which require everyone to verify their age before creating an account on a social network. Casey Newton, The Verge, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1539, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Acts was in 1539

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“Acts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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variants or Acts of the Apostles
: a book in the New Testament narrating the beginnings of the Christian church see bible

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