1 a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body [syn: enactment]
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: routine, number, turn, bit]
5 a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"
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: move] [ant: 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: 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: 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: 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]
8 be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
10 perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'" [syn: play, roleplay, playact]
EtymologyFrom acta#Latin, plural of actum, from ago#Latin.
- /ækt/, /
Act or ACT may mean:
- Act of Parliament (Act of Congress in the USA) a statute or law passed by a legislature.
- Act (band), a British band
- A.C.T, a Swedish progressive rock band
- Act (document), a document recording the legality of a transaction or contract
- Act (theater), a segment of a performance, such as a play or opera
- Acting, action of an actor in a theatrical performance
- ACT (examination), a college entrance examination
- ACT! is a customer relationship management (CRM) application
- Act (web browser), a type of web browser
- Australian Capital Territory, Australian seat of government
- Advanced Concepts Team, A Research Team of the European Space Agency
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, A psychological intervention
- Australian Cricket Team
- Act or S-act, the action of a monoid on a set, or a semiautomaton.
- Achterhoeks act ISO 639-3 language code
act in Danish: Handling
act in German: Handlung
act in Spanish: Acto
act in Galician: Acto
act in Italian: Atto
act in Japanese: アクト
act in Polish: Akt (ujednoznacznienie)
act in Simple English: Act
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