- activity in process; operation.
- the principle or power of operation.
- form as determining essence.
- a state of realization, as opposed to potentiality.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to demonstrate or illustrate by pantomime or by words and gestures: The party guests acted out stories for one another.
- Psychology. to give overt expression to (repressed emotions or impulses) without insightful understanding: The patients acted out early traumas by getting angry with the analyst.
- to fail to function properly; malfunction: The vacuum cleaner is acting up again.
- to behave willfully: The children always act up in school the day before a holiday.
- to become painful or troublesome, especially after a period of improvement or remission: My arthritis is acting up again this morning.
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Idioms for act
Origin of act
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OTHER WORDS FROM act
Definition for act (2 of 3)
Definition for act (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for act
LAPD police chief Charlie Beck concluded Corrales and Diego had acted reasonably.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls|Emily Shire|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Stephen Kotkin's new biography reveals a learned despot who acted cunningly to take advantage of the times.
I dressed as a girl, lived as a girl, acted as a girl, and that was that.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All|Aurora Snow|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finally, we get to the question of whether Wilson acted reasonably?
The caregiver Fatu had acted fast – the temperature reading on the Thursday night was high.
The church of Rome has acted upon this principle, and even Protestants (to the shame of Protestantism) have followed her example.Notes on the Book of Deuteronomy, Volume II|Charles Henry Mackintosh
Returning to Valladolid, he acted as censor (cualificador) of books (including versions of the Bible) for the Inquisition.
Then, after the news came that the money had gone, I acted like a kid, I guess.Cap'n Warren's Wards|Joseph C. Lincoln
I said nothing, but acted as my own pilot, and took opportunity to watch my hard-riding friend during the course of the run.Ladies on Horseback|Nannie Lambert
A suggestion,' says he, 'may be ever so old; but it is not exhausted until it is acted upon, or rejected on sufficient reason.'Chambers' Edinburgh Journal|Various
British Dictionary definitions for act (1 of 3)
- a short performance of skill, a comic sketch, dance, etc, esp one that is part of a programme of light entertainment
- those giving such a performance
Derived forms of actactable, adjectiveactability, noun
Word Origin for act
British Dictionary definitions for act (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for act (3 of 3)
n acronym for
Idioms and Phrases with act
In addition to the idioms beginning with act
- act of faith
- act of God
- act on
- act one's age
- act out
- act up
- act upon
- catch in the act
- clean up (one's act)
- do a disappearing act
- get in the act
- get one's act together
- hard (tough) act to follow
- high-wire act
- in the act of
- put on an act