- 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.
Origin of act
Examples from the Web for well-acted
And lo and behold: this smart independent film that was well-directed and well-acted was financially successful.How ‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister Became Christopher Nolan’s Secret Weapon|Andrew Romano|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But he was wise enough to pretend ignorance of their identity, and stared a well-acted credulity.Viking Boys|Jessie Margaret Edmondston Saxby
Then Bertha told her story with well-acted grief and penitence.Guy Kenmore's Wife and The Rose and the Lily|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
To all of this Jessie listened with a well-acted impatience.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for well-acted (1 of 4)
adjective (well acted when postpositive)
British Dictionary definitions for well-acted (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for well-acted (3 of 4)
n acronym for
British Dictionary definitions for well-acted (4 of 4)
- 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 Formsactable, adjectiveactability, noun
Word Origin for act
Idioms and Phrases with well-acted
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