What does act mean?

Definitions for act

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word act.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. act, enactment(noun)

    a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

  2. act, deed, human action, human activity(noun)

    something that people do or cause to happen

  3. act(noun)

    a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

  4. 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"

  5. act(verb)

    a manifestation of insincerity

    "he put on quite an act for her benefit"

  6. act, move(verb)

    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"

  7. 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"

  8. 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"

  9. act(verb)

    discharge one's duties

    "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"

  10. 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"

  11. act(verb)

    be suitable for theatrical performance

    "This scene acts well"

  12. work, act(verb)

    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"

  13. act(verb)

    be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure

  14. dissemble, pretend, act(verb)

    behave unnaturally or affectedly

    "She's just acting"

  15. 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'"


  1. act(Noun)

    Something done, a deed.

    An act of good will.

  2. act(Noun)


  3. act(Noun)

    A product of a legislative body, a statute.

  4. act(Noun)

    The process of doing something.

    He was caught in the act.

  5. act(Noun)

    A formal or official record of something done.

  6. act(Noun)

    A division of a theatrical performance.

    The pivotal moment in the play was in the first scene of the second act.

  7. act(Noun)

    A performer or performers in a show.

    Which act did you prefer? The soloist or the band?

  8. act(Noun)

    Any organized activity.

  9. act(Noun)

    A display of behaviour.

  10. act(Verb)

    To do something.

    If you don't act soon, you will be in trouble.

  11. act(Verb)

    To perform a theatrical role.

    I started acting at the age of eleven in my local theatre.

  12. act(Verb)

    To behave in a certain way.

    He's acting strangely - I think there's something wrong with him.

  13. act(Verb)

    To convey an appearance of being.

    He acted unconcerned so the others wouldn't worry.

  14. act(Verb)

    To have an effect (on).

  15. act(Verb)

    To play (a role).

    He's been acting Shakespearean leads since he was twelve.

  16. act(Verb)

    To feign.

    He acted the angry parent, but was secretly amused.

  17. act(Verb)

    To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).

    This group acts on the circle, so it can't be left-orderable!

  18. Origin: acte, from acta, plural of actum, from ago.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Act(noun)

    that which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed

  2. Act(noun)

    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

  3. Act(noun)

    a formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done

  4. Act(noun)

    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

  5. Act(noun)

    a thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student

  6. Act(noun)

    a state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence

  7. Act(noun)

    process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing)

  8. Act(verb)

    to move to action; to actuate; to animate

  9. Act(verb)

    to perform; to execute; to do

  10. Act(verb)

    to perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage

  11. Act(verb)

    to assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero

  12. Act(verb)

    to feign or counterfeit; to simulate

  13. Act(verb)

    to exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food

  14. Act(verb)

    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

  15. Act(verb)

    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

  16. Act(verb)

    to perform on the stage; to represent a character

  17. Origin: [L. actus, p. p. of agere to drive, lead, do; but influenced by E. act, n.]


  1. ACT

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Act

    akt, v.i. to exert force or influence: to produce an effect: to behave one's self: to feign.—v.t. to perform: to imitate or play the part of.—n. something done or doing: an exploit: the very process of doing something: a law or decision of a prince or legislative body: an instrument in writing for verification: (theol.) something done once for all, in opposition to a work: a distinct section of a play: in universities, a public disputation or lecture maintained by a candidate for a degree.—n. Act′ing, action: act of performing an assumed or a dramatic part: feigning.—adj. performing some duty temporarily, or for another.—n. Act′or, one who acts: a stage-player:—fem. Act′ress.—Act of God, a result of natural forces, unexpected and not preventable by human foresight.—In act to, on the very point of doing something.—To act on, to act in accordance with; To act up to, to come up in practice to some expected standard: to fulfil. [L. agĕre, actum; Gr. agein, to put in motion; Sans. aj, to drive.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. act

    1. Thought in motion. 2. An actor who says he gets three thousand a week.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'act' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #408

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'act' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1275

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'act' in Nouns Frequency: #123

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'act' in Verbs Frequency: #167

Anagrams for act »

  1. cat, Cat, CAT

  2. ATC

  3. tac, TAC

  4. TCA

  5. ATC, cat, Cat, CAT, tac, TAC, TCA

How to pronounce act?

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    US English

How to say act in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of act in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of act in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of act in a Sentence

  1. Ban Ki-moon:

    We must act now.

  2. David Mullins:

    It's time to act.

  3. Thomas Antonetti:

    Caught in the act.

  4. New Jersey:

    Congress needs to act.

  5. Samir Tamim:

    This is a criminal act.

Images & Illustrations of act

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Translations for act

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  • عملArabic
  • эш, ғәмәлBashkir
  • дзейнічаць, падзейнічаць, паступіць, паступацьBelarusian
  • държа се, въздействам, играя, върша, правя, постъпвам, действам, деяние, действие, постъпка, постановление, документ, законBulgarian
  • comportar, portar, actuar, acteCatalan, Valencian
  • působit, skutek, dějství, čin, zákonCzech
  • actio, deddfWelsh
  • optræde, opføre, agere, handle, spille, virke, akt, handling, dådDanish
  • benehmen, agieren, fungieren, tun, wirken, handeln, auswirken, spielen, machen, Spiel, Handlung, Akt, Tat, Rechtsgeschäft, Gesetz, Verordnung, AkteGerman
  • dɔwɔwɔEwe
  • υποδύομαι, πράττω, συμπεριφέρομαι, δρω, ενεργώ, επενεργώ, πράξη, διάβημα, ενέργειαGreek
  • aktori, agi, agoEsperanto
  • comportar, actuar, acto, ley, hecho, acciónSpanish
  • tegu, vaatusEstonian
  • کارPersian
  • näytellä, toimia, vaikuttaa, tehdä, tekeminen, näytös, laki, olemassaolo, teko, pöytäkirjaFinnish
  • se comporter, jouer, faire, agir, acte, action, loi, éditFrench
  • achd, gnìomh, earrannScottish Gaelic
  • comportar, portar, actuar, actoGalician
  • אקט, חק, פעולה, מעשה, מערכהHebrew
  • játszikHungarian
  • գործողություն, արարք, ակտArmenian
  • fare, agire, comportarsi, legge, messinscena, atto, scena, numeroItalian
  • 演技, 行動, 行為, 法令, 幕Japanese
  • ទង្វើKhmer
  • kirin, tesîr kirin, lîstin, kar, hebûn, xebat, perde, bîrname, kiryar, qanûnKurdish
  • иш аракет, аракет, иш, кыймылKyrgyz
  • facio, gero, geror, ago, me geroLatin
  • agéierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • tēlot, cēliensLatvian
  • tindak, lakon, pura, akta, babak, اکتاMalay
  • werken, optreden, opvoeren, reageren, spelen, acteren, handelen, gedragen, toneelspelen, handeling, akte, wet, daadDutch
  • acteOccitan
  • ଧାରାOriya
  • zachowywać, grać, zachować się, akt, działanie, czynPolish
  • agir, comportar-se, atuar, ato, ata, açãoPortuguese
  • вести, влиять, действовать, играть, делать, поступать, деяние, акт, постановление, поступок, действие, дело, притворство, закон, документ, играRussian
  • ක්‍රියාව, පනතSinhala, Sinhalese
  • čin, skutok, dejstvoSlovak
  • handla, spela, uppföra, agera, bete, handling, dåd, aktSwedish
  • tenda, kitendoSwahili
  • செயல்Tamil
  • నటించు, ప్రవర్తించు, క్రియ, చేత, పని, అంకము, చర్య, చట్టంTelugu
  • поводитись, грати, чинити, діяти, акт, дія, вчинокUkrainian

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