act up

verb
acted up; acting up; acts up

Definition of act up

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to act in a way different from that which is normal or expected: such as
a : to behave in an unruly, recalcitrant, or capricious manner the children were acting up
b : show off
c : to function improperly this typewriter is acting up again
2 : to become active or acute after being quiescent her rheumatism started to act up

ACT UP

abbreviation
\ ˈakt-ˈəp How to pronounce ACT UP (audio) \

Definition of ACT UP (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of act up in a Sentence

Verb the two-year-old was acting up in church so much that her dad had to take her outside you should have seen the boys acting up when they put on their aprons

First Known Use of act up

Verb

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Act up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/act%20up. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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