act

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[[t]ækt[/t]]
n.
1) anything done, being done, or to be done; deed:
an act of mercy[/ex]
2) the process of doing:
caught in the act[/ex]
3) gov a formal decision, law, or the like, by a legislature, ruler, court, or other authority; decree or edict; statute:
an act of Congress[/ex]
4) an instrument or document stating something done or transacted
5) sbz one of the main divisions of a play or opera
6)
a) sbz a short performance by one or more entertainers, usu. part of a variety show, circus, etc
b) sbz the routine or style by which an entertainer or group of entertainers is known:
a magic act[/ex]
c) sbz the personnel of such a group
7) a display of insincere behavior assumed for effect; pretense
8) to do something; carry out an action; exert energy or force
9) to reach or issue a decision on some matter
10) to operate or function in a particular way:
to act as manager[/ex]
11) to produce an effect:
The medicine failed to act[/ex]
12) to behave or conduct oneself in a particular fashion
13) to pretend; feign
14) sbz to perform as an actor
15) sbz to be capable of being performed:
His plays don't act well[/ex]
16) sbz to represent (a fictitious or historical character) with one's person:
to act Macbeth[/ex]
17) to feign; counterfeit:
to act outraged virtue[/ex]
18) to behave as:
to act the fool[/ex]
19) to behave in a manner appropriate to:
to act one's age[/ex]
20) Obs. to actuate
21) cvb act for, to represent, esp. legally
22) phv act on or upon
a) to act in accordance with; follow
b) to have an effect on; affect
23) phv act out
a) to illustrate by pantomime or other gestures
b) to express (repressed emotions) inappropriately and without conscious understanding
24) phv act up
a) to fail to function properly; malfunction
b) to behave willfully
c) (of a recurring ailment) to become painful or troublesome again
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME (< MF) < L ācta, pl. of āctum, n. use of neut. ptp. of agere to drive (cattle), do, perform II
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From formal English to slang. 2014.

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