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Act

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Act \Act\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Acted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acting}.] [L. actus, p. p. of agere to drive, lead, do; but influenced by E. act, noun]

1. To move to action; to actuate; to animate. [Obs.]

Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul. --Pope.

2. To perform; to execute; to do. [Archaic]

That we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity. --Jer. Taylor.

Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do. --Barrow.

Uplifted hands that at convenient times Could act extortion and the worst of crimes. --Cowper.

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

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

5. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.

With acted fear the villain thus pursued. --Dryden.

{To act a part}, to sustain the part of one of the characters in a play; hence, to simulate; to dissemble.

{To act the part of}, to take the character of; to fulfill the duties of.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Act \Act\ ([a^]kt), noun [L. actus, fr. agere to drive, do: cf. F. acte. See {Agent}.]

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

That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love. --Wordsworth. Hence, in specific uses: (a) 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. (b) A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done. --Abbott. (c) 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. (d) A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.

2. A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence. [Obs.]

The seeds of plants are not at first in act, but in possibility, what they afterward grow to be. --Hooker.

3. Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing). "In act to shoot." --Dryden.

This woman was taken . . . in the very act. --John viii. 4.

{Act of attainder}. (Law) See {Attainder}.

{Act of bankruptcy} (Law), an act of a debtor which renders him liable to be adjudged a bankrupt.

{Act of faith}. (Ch. Hist.) See {Auto-da-F['e]}.

{Act of God} (Law), an inevitable accident; such extraordinary interruption of the usual course of events as is not to be looked for in advance, and against which ordinary prudence could not guard.

{Act of grace}, an expression often used to designate an act declaring pardon or amnesty to numerous offenders, as at the beginning of a new reign.

{Act of indemnity}, a statute passed for the protection of those who have committed some illegal act subjecting them to penalties. --Abbott.

{Act in pais}, a thing done out of court (anciently, in the country), and not a matter of record.

Syn: See {Action}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Act \Act\, verb (used without an object)

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

2. 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.

He hangs between, in doubt to act or rest. --Pope.

3. 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.

4. To perform on the stage; to represent a character.

To show the world how Garrick did not act. --Cowper.

{To act as} or {To act for}, to do the work of; to serve as.

{To act on}, to regulate one's conduct according to.

{To act up to}, to equal in action; to fulfill in practice; as, he has acted up to his engagement or his advantages.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

act

noun

1: a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body [syn: {act}, {enactment}]

2: something that people do or cause to happen [syn: {act}, {deed}, {human action}, {human activity}]

3: a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

4: 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" [syn: {act}, {routine}, {number}, {turn}, {bit}]

5: a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"

verb

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" [syn: {act}, {move}] [ant: {forbear}, {refrain}]

2: 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" [syn: {act}, {behave}, {do}]

3: 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" [syn: {act}, {play}, {represent}]

4: discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"

5: pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad" [syn: {act}, {play}, {act as}]

6: be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well"

7: 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" [syn: {work}, {act}]

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

9: behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting" [syn: {dissemble}, {pretend}, {act}]

10: perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in 'Julius Caesar'"; "I played in 'A Christmas Carol'" [syn: {act}, {play}, {roleplay}, {playact}]

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