- to act or perform again.
Origin of re-act
- to act in response to an agent or influence: How did the audience react to the speech?
- to act reciprocally upon each other, as two things.
- to act in a reverse direction or manner, especially so as to return to a prior condition.
- to act in opposition, as against some force.
- to respond to a stimulus in a particular manner: reacting to a shock by jumping; to react to the word “coward” with anger.
- to undergo a chemical reaction.
Origin of react
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Examples from the Web for reacting
Instead of reacting to Republican proposals, President Obama is forcing Republicans to react to him.The Liberation of the Lame Duck: Obama Goes Full Bulworth
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Kundera was reacting against the efforts of 20th-century totalitarian regimes to refashion novelists as propagandists.The Birth of the Novel
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Beijing is reacting strongly to the idea of open elections out of fear.Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?
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But at a certain point, reacting is another word for losing.This Really Is Obama's Moment of Truth
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Shann sped on, reacting to a plea which did not lay in the words themselves.Storm Over Warlock
And the anguish of that thought, reacting on his anger, intensified it threefold.The Island Pharisees
Let's have it before I hit rock-bottom and really get around to reacting.The Short Life
They were surprisingly ready, reacting like hair-triggered weapons.Talents, Incorporated
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Reacting to it, she took Bill by the arm and shook it roughly.Lightnin'
- (intr ; foll by to, upon etc) (of a person or thing) to act in response to another person, a stimulus, etc, or (of two people or things) to act together in a certain way
- (intr foll by against) to act in an opposing or contrary manner
- (intr) physics to exert an equal force in the opposite direction to an acting force
- chem to undergo or cause to undergo a chemical reaction
C17: from Late Latin reagere, from re- + Latin agere to drive, do
- (tr) to act or perform again
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Word Origin and History for reacting
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To act in response to a stimulus.
- To undergo a chemical reaction.
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