Pronunciation: (akt), [key]
- anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act.
- the process of doing: caught in the act.
- a formal decision, law, or the like, by a legislature, ruler, court, or other authority; decree or edict; statute; judgment, resolve, or award: an act of Congress.
- an instrument or document stating something done or transacted.
- one of the main divisions of a play or opera:Hamlet. the second act of
- a short performance by one or more entertainers, usually part of a variety show or radio or television program.
- the personnel of such a group: The act broke up after 30 years.
- false show; pretense; feint: The politician's pious remarks were all an act.
- (in scholasticism)
- activity in process; operation.
- the principle or power of operation.
- form as determining essence.
- a state of realization, as opposed to potentiality.
- to begin adhering to more acceptable practices, rules of behavior, etc.: The factory must clean up its act and treat its employees better.
- to organize one's time, job, resources, etc., so as to function efficiently: The new administration is still getting its act together.
- to do something; exert energy or force; be employed or operative: He acted promptly in the emergency.
- to reach, make, or issue a decision on some matter: I am required to act before noon tomorrow.
- to operate or function in a particular way; perform specific duties or functions: to act as manager.
- to produce an effect; perform a function: The medicine failed to act.
- to behave or conduct oneself in a particular fashion: to act well under all conditions.
- to pretend; feign: Act interested even if you're bored.
- to perform as an actor: He acted in three plays by Molière.
- to be capable of being performed: His plays don't act well.
- to serve or substitute (usually fol. by for): In my absence the assistant manager will act for me.
- to represent (a fictitious or historical character) with one's person: to act Macbeth.
- to feign; counterfeit: to act outraged virtue.
- to behave as: He acted the fool.
- to actuate.
- to display eccentric or suspicious behavior.
- He acted on my advice.
- to act in accordance with; follow:He acted on my advice.
- to have an effect on; affect:The stirring music acted on the emotions of the audience.
- to behave in a manner appropriate to one's maturity: We children enjoyed our uncle because he didn't always act his age.
- The party guests acted out stories for one another.
- to demonstrate or illustrate by pantomime or by words and gestures:The party guests acted out stories for one another.
- Psychol.to give overt expression to (repressed emotions or impulses) without insightful understanding:The patients acted out early traumas by getting angry with the analyst.
- The vacuum cleaner is acting up again.
- to fail to function properly; malfunction:The vacuum cleaner is acting up again.
- to behave willfully:The children always act up in school the day before a holiday.
- to become painful or troublesome, esp. after a period of improvement or remission:My arthritis is acting up again this morning.
- American College Test.
- Association of Classroom Teachers.
- Australian Capital Territory.
- act (Thesaurus)