- 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
synonym study for act
OTHER WORDS FROM act
Definition for act (2 of 3)
Definition for act (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for act
The simple act of wearing a covering over one’s mouth and nose has become particularly divisive as some question the changing recommendations issued by top health organizations.Inconclusive results, missing data: Experts push back on a study questioning the efficacy of masks|Meryl Kornfield|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
In so doing, he dismisses as “very unlikely” the suggestion that Nero ordered the burning of his capital — an act that would have been both illogical and difficult.
The records act makes no exception for cases in which searching for a public record “would require the state to work hard,” the analysis found.Junior Staffer Says Top Alaska Official Told Her to Keep Allegations of Misconduct Secret|by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News|November 18, 2020|ProPublica
Proving that something is impossible is a powerful act of mathematics.Some Math Problems Seem Impossible. That Can Be a Good Thing.|Patrick Honner|November 18, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Outside contributor Daniel Duane traveled to Southern California to talk to Corliss about his latest high-wire act.
Servis, a general contractor, was baffled by how introverted Stone acted.
When they thought about Lewis, what struck the players most was that he never acted like a do-gooder.
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
Whereas Lessard had acted the martinet with MacRae, he took another tack and became the very essence of affability toward me.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
He acted dejected and dispirited, and if he could have talked would have asked the meaning of it all.The Courier of the Ozarks|Byron A. Dunn
Mr. Wainwright acted as secretary and I kept the minute book and papers relating to the business of the committee.
Thereupon the unhappy woman acted; the long suppressed outburst came at last.Dope|Sax Rohmer
This was a somewhat singular mode of stimulating, but he deemed it the wisest course, and acted on it.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
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