Definitions for actækt
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word act
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
anything done, being done, or to be done; deed:
an act of mercy.
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:
an act of Congress.
an instrument or document stating something done or transacted.
one of the main divisions of a play or opera.
a short performance by one or more entertainers, usu. part of a variety show, circus, etc. the routine or style by which an entertainer or group of entertainers is known: the personnel of such a group.
a magic act.
a display of insincere behavior assumed for effect; pretense.
(v.i.)to do something; carry out an action; exert energy or force.
to reach or issue a decision on some matter.
to operate or function in a particular way:
to act as manager.
to produce an effect:
The medicine failed to act.
to behave or conduct oneself in a particular fashion.
to pretend; feign.
to perform as an actor.
to be capable of being performed:
His plays don't act well.
(v.t.)to represent (a fictitious or historical character) with one's person:
to act Macbeth.
to feign; counterfeit:
to act outraged virtue.
to behave as:
to act the fool.
to behave in a manner appropriate to:
to act one's age.
Obs. to actuate.
act for,to represent, esp. legally.
Category: Common Vocabulary
act on or upon, to act in accordance with; follow. to have an effect on; affect.
Category: Verb Phrase
act out, to illustrate by pantomime or other gestures. to express (repressed emotions) inappropriately and without conscious understanding.
Category: Verb Phrase
act up, to fail to function properly; malfunction. to behave willfully. (of a recurring ailment) to become painful or troublesome again.
Category: Verb Phrase
Idioms for act:
clean up one's act,Informal. to begin adhering to more acceptable rules of behavior.
get or have one's act together,Informal. to behave or function responsibly and efficiently.
Category: Idiom, Informal
Origin of act:
1350–1400; ME (< MF) < L ācta, pl. of āctum, n. use of neut. ptp. of agere to drive (cattle), do, perform
American College Test.
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Australian Capital Territory.
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a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
act, deed, human action, human activity(noun)
something that people do or cause to happen
a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
act, routine, number, turn, bit(noun)
a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
"he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
a manifestation of insincerity
"he put on quite an act for her benefit"
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
"think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
act, behave, do(verb)
behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
"You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
act, play, represent(verb)
play a role or part
"Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master"
discharge one's duties
"She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"
act, play, act as(verb)
pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
"He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
be suitable for theatrical performance
"This scene acts well"
have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
"The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"
be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
dissemble, pretend, act(verb)
behave unnaturally or affectedly
"She's just acting"
act, play, roleplay, playact(verb)
perform on a stage or theater
"She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
an action by sb
an act of kindness; a vicious act
the Federal Clean Air Act
one part of a theater performance
act two of the play
to become involved in sth already started
Now is your chance to get in on the act and help.
to organize yourself more effectively
It's time to get my act together and study.
to perform in a play, film, etc.
She's currently acting on Broadway.; to act the part of Harry Potter
to behave in a particular way
acting suspiciously; Act as if you already know.
to take action to achieve
The government must act now.
Something done, a deed.
An act of good will.
A product of a legislative body, a statute.
The process of doing something.
He was caught in the act.
A formal or official record of something done.
A division of a theatrical performance.
The pivotal moment in the play was in the first scene of the second act.
A performer or performers in a show.
Which act did you prefer? The soloist or the band?
Any organized activity.
A display of behaviour.
To do something.
If you don't act soon, you will be in trouble.
To perform a theatrical role.
I started acting at the age of eleven in my local theatre.
To behave in a certain way.
He's acting strangely - I think there's something wrong with him.
To convey an appearance of being.
He acted unconcerned so the others wouldn't worry.
To have an effect (on).
To play (a role).
He's been acting Shakespearean leads since he was twelve.
He acted the angry parent, but was secretly amused.
To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).
This group acts on the circle, so it can't be left-orderable!
Origin: acte, from acta, plural of actum, from ago.
that which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed
the result of public deliberation; the decision or determination of a legislative body, council, court of justice, etc.; a decree, edit, law, judgment, resolve, award; as, an act of Parliament, or of Congress
a formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done
a performance of part of a play; one of the principal divisions of a play or dramatic work in which a certain definite part of the action is completed
a thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student
a state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence
process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing)
to move to action; to actuate; to animate
to perform; to execute; to do
to perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage
to assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero
to feign or counterfeit; to simulate
to exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food
to perform actions; to fulfill functions; to put forth energy; to move, as opposed to remaining at rest; to carry into effect a determination of the will
to behave or conduct, as in morals, private duties, or public offices; to bear or deport one's self; as, we know not why he has acted so
to perform on the stage; to represent a character
The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, Inc. It was first administered in November 1959 by Everett Franklin Lindquist as a competitor to the College Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test, now the SAT Reasoning Test. The ACT has historically consisted of four tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. In February 2005, an optional Writing test was added to the ACT, mirroring changes to the SAT that took place later in March of the same year. In the Spring of 2015, the ACT will start to be offered as a computer-based test that will incorporate some optional Constructed Response Questions; the test content, composite score and multiple choice format will not be affected by these changes. The test will continue to be offered in the paper format for schools that are not ready to transition to computer testing. The ACT has seen an increase in the number of test takers recently; In 2011 the ACT surpassed the SAT as 1,666,017 students took the ACT and 1,664,479 students took the SAT. All four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT, but different institutions place different emphases on standardized tests such as the ACT, compared to other factors of evaluation such as class rank, GPA, and extracurricular activities. The main four tests are scored individually on a scale of 1–36, and a Composite score is provided which is the whole number average of the four scores.
The Roycroft Dictionary
1. Thought in motion. 2. An actor who says he gets three thousand a week.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'act' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #408
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'act' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1275
Rank popularity for the word 'act' in Nouns Frequency: #123
Rank popularity for the word 'act' in Verbs Frequency: #167
Translations for act
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
Running away is an act of cowardice; He committed many cruel acts.
- atoPortuguese (BR)
- die TatGerman
- کار؛ عملFarsi
- מַעֲשֶׂה, פְּעוּלָהHebrew
- čin, djeloCroatian
- darbība; rīcībaLatvian
- handling, gjerningNorwegian
- akt, wyczynPolish
- کار؛ عملPersian
- čin, skutokSlovak
- handling, gärningSwedish
- davranış, hareketTurkish
- 行為Chinese (Trad.)
- акт, вчинокUkrainian
- فعل ، کامUrdu
- việc làmVietnamese
- 行为Chinese (Simp.)
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