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Act meaning

act - 19 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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"
  2. 2. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
  7. 7. A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence.
  8. 8. Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of ( doing).
  9. 9. To move to action; to actuate; to animate.
  10. 10. To perform; to execute; to do.
  11. 11. To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.
  12. 12. To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.
  13. 13. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.
  14. 14. To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. To perform on the stage; to represent a character.
  18. 18. A deed; a law; a division of a drama.
  19. 19. To perform; to behave one's self; to play a part.

act - examples of usage

  1. An act is strictly and originally something accomplished by an exercise of power, in which sense it is synonymous with deed or effect. Action is a doing. Act is therefore single, individual, momentary; action a complex of acts, or a process, state, or habit of exerting power. We say a virtuous act, but rather a virtuous course of action. We speak of the action of an acid upon a metal, not of its act. Act is used, also, for the simple exertion of power; as, an act of will. In this sense an act does not necessarily imply an external effect, while an action does. Morally, the act of murder is in the determination to kill; legally, the act is not complete without the striking of the fatal blow. Act and deed are both used for the thing done, but act refers to the power put forth, deed to the result accomplished; as, a voluntary act, a bad deed. In connection with other words act is more usually qualified by the use of another noun, action by an adjective preceding; we may say a kind act, though oftener an act of kindness, but only a kind action, not an action of kindness. As between act and deed, deed is commonly used of great, notable, and impressive acts, as are achievement, exploit, and feat.
  2. They could only make it possible for him to act directly on his own responsibility.
  3. " They act that way," replied he, " and I know what I am going to do."
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