act

act
act
act1 [akt]
n.
[ME < OFr acte < L actus, a doing or moving, actum, thing done, pp. of agere, to do < IE base * a-, to drive, do > Gr agein, to lead]
1. a thing done; deed
2. an action; doing [caught in the act of stealing]
3. a decision (of a court, legislature, etc.); law; decree
4. a document formally stating what has been done, made into law, etc.
5. one of the main divisions of a drama or opera
6. any of the separate performances on a variety program
7. a show of feeling or behavior that is not sincere and is put on just for effect
vt.
[ME acten < L actus: see ACT1 the n.]
1. to play the part of
2. to perform in (a play)
3. to behave in a way suitable for [don't act the child]
vi.
1. to perform in a play, film, etc.; play a role
2. to behave as though playing a role
3. to be suited to performance: said of a play or a role
4. to behave; comport oneself [act like a lady]
5. to do something [we must act now to forestall disaster]
6. to serve or function [the fence acts as a barrier]
7. to serve as spokesman or substitute (for) [he's acting for the committee]
8. to have an effect [acids act on metal]
9. to appear to be [he acted very angry]
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act out
Psychiatry to behave in a way that unconsciously expresses (feelings that were repressed in an earlier situation)
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☆ act up Informal
1. to be playful
2. to misbehave
3. to become inflamed, painful, etc.
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☆ clean up one's act
Informal to reform one's conduct, improve one's practices, etc.
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☆ get one's act together
Informal to organize one's ideas, procedures, etc. so as to function more effectively
act2
abbrev.
active

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