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Definitions of act word
- verb act When you act, you do something for a particular purpose. 3
- verb act If you act on advice or information, you do what has been advised or suggested. 3
- verb act If someone acts in a particular way, they behave in that way. 3
- verb act If someone or something acts as a particular thing, they have that role or function. 3
- verb act If someone acts in a particular way, they pretend to be something that they are not. 3
- verb act When professionals such as lawyers act for you, or act on your behalf, they are employed by you to deal with a particular matter. 3
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Origin of act
First appearance:before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English act(e) (< Middle French) < Latin ācta, plural of āctum something done, noun use of past participle of agere to do (āg- past participle stem + -tum neuter past participle suffix); and directly < Latin āctus a doing (āg- + -tus suffix of v. action)
Parts of speech for Act
A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 100% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".
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Synonyms for act
- respond — to reply or answer in words: to respond briefly to a question.
- do — Informal. a burst of frenzied activity; action; commotion.
- develop — When something develops, it grows or changes over a period of time and usually becomes more advanced, complete, or severe.
- pursue — to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase.
- create — To create something means to cause it to happen or exist.
- action — Action is doing something for a particular purpose.
- deed — A deed is something that is done, especially something that is very good or very bad.
- doing — action; performance; execution: Your misfortune is not of my doing.
- undertaking — the act of a person who undertakes any task or responsibility.
- performance — a musical, dramatic, or other entertainment presented before an audience.
Antonyms for act
- destroy — To destroy something means to cause so much damage to it that it is completely ruined or does not exist any more.
- disregard — to pay no attention to; leave out of consideration; ignore: Disregard the footnotes.
- ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
- discontinue — to put an end to; stop; terminate: to discontinue nuclear testing.
- forego — forgo.
- idleness — the quality, state, or condition of being lazy, inactive, or idle: His lack of interest in the larger world and his consummate idleness were the causes of their dreadful divorce.
- inaction — absence of action; idleness.
- inactivity — not active: an inactive volcano.
- defeat — If you defeat someone, you win a victory over them in a battle, game, or contest.
- failure — an act or instance of failing or proving unsuccessful; lack of success: His effort ended in failure. The campaign was a failure.
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