Acton

biographical name
Ac·​ton | \ ˈak-tən How to pronounce Acton (audio) \

Definition of Acton

1st Baron 1834–1902 John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton \ ˌdal-​ˌbərg-​ˈak-​tən How to pronounce Acton (audio) \ English historian

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“Acton.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/act%20on. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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