- 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 act in accordance with; follow: He acted on my advice.
- to have an effect on; affect: The stirring music acted on the emotions of the audience.
- 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.
- acrylic fibre,
- acrylic resin,
- acrylyl group,
- act call,
- act curtain,
- act of contrition,
- act of faith,
- act of god
Origin of act
Acts of the Apostles
Examples from the Web for acts
Putin, because of his acts in Ukraine, he lost Russkiy Mir as a phenomenon.Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible|Anna Nemtsova|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Students deemed “responsible” for alleged sexual assaults on college campuses can face little or no consequence for their acts.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star|Robert Silverman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And acts like mambo king Pupi Campo and the energetic DeCastro Sisters made Las Vegas their new home.Will Hyman Roth Return to Havana With Normalized Relations?|John L. Smith|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They opened for acts like Elliott Smith, Sloan, and Promise Ring.OK Go Is Helping Redefine the Music Video For the Internet Age|Lauren Schwartzberg|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That shooting and so many other acts of violence were in the bad old days she has never known.
Acts called immoral may be prohibited in such a measure as custom recommends; provocations to immoral acts should be permitted.Philosophic Nights In Paris|Remy De Gourmont
The King's proclamations shall be observed and kept as though they were acts of Parliament.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
But look you here, my son; folk who acts hasty, as you've done, they often make other people anxious—often enough.Jim Davis|John Masefield
They lived beyond the years of women,—but their lives were spent in acts of holiness, apart from grandeur's train.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 3 (of 3)|James Hogg
I am not merely to write an act for an opera, but an entire one in two acts.The Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vol. 1|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
n acronym for
Acts of the Apostles
- 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
Word Origin for act
short for "Acts of the Apostles" in New Testament, from 1530s.
mid-15c., "to act upon or adjudicate" a legal case; 1590s in the theatrical sense, from Latin actus, past participle of agere (see act (n.)). To act up "be unruly" is from 1903. To act out "behave anti-socially" (1974) is from psychiatric sense of "expressing one's unconscious impulses or desires." Related: Acted; acting.
late 14c., "a thing done," from Old French acte "(official) document," and directly from Latin actus "a doing, a driving, impulse; a part in a play, act," and actum "a thing done," originally a legal term, both from agere "to do, set in motion, drive, urge, chase, stir up," from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move" (cf. Greek agein "to lead, guide, drive, carry off," agon "assembly, contest in the games," agogos "leader;" Sanskrit ajati "drives," ajirah "moving, active;" Old Norse aka "to drive;" Middle Irish ag "battle").
Theatrical ("part of a play," 1510s) and legislative (early 15c.) senses of the word also were in Latin. Meaning "display of exaggerated behavior" is from 1928. In the act "in the process" is from 1590s, perhaps originally from the 16c. sense of the act as "sexual intercourse." Act of God "uncontrollable natural force" recorded by 1726.
An act of God is an accident which arises from a cause which operates without interference or aid from man (1 Pars. on Cont. 635); the loss arising wherefrom cannot be guarded against by the ordinary exertions of human skill and prudence so as to prevent its effect. [William Wait, "General Principles of the Law," Albany, 1879]
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