- activity in process; operation.
- the principle or power of operation.
- form as determining essence.
- a state of realization, as opposed to potentiality.
- 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.
Idioms about act
Origin of act
synonym study for act
OTHER WORDS FROM act
Other definitions for act (2 of 3)
Other definitions for act (3 of 3)
How to use act in a sentence
The American’s with Disabilities act has influenced the way businesses need to operate online.Is your website at risk for an ADA accessibility lawsuit?|Richard Horvath|November 12, 2020|Search Engine Land
The Tar Heels’ yo-yo act continued with a 56-24 thrashing of Duke with the Victory Bell on the line.College football winners and losers for Week 10: Florida is fun again and Georgia is done|Patrick Stevens|November 8, 2020|Washington Post
The first two records they made together, 1988’s “Today” and 1989’s “On Fire,” are generally regarded as minimalist masterpieces — the blueprint for acts like Beach House and Real Estate.
The act requires an analysis of all environmental impacts, including air pollution.Permit for Controversial $9 Billion Plastics Plant in “Chemical Alley” to Be Put on Hold|by Lylla Younes|November 5, 2020|ProPublica
Demerice defended the state, saying “the modernization of the computer system is one of the reasons Washington was able to be amongst the first states to begin paying CARES act claims.”He Made a Minor Mistake Filling Out an Unemployment Form. Then the State Demanded $14,990 From Him.|by Ava Kofman|October 29, 2020|ProPublica
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)
Other 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