act on

act on
A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [akt on, awn]
    • /ækt ɒn, ɔn/
    • /ækt ɒn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [akt on, awn]
    • /ækt ɒn, ɔn/

Definitions of act on words

  • verb act on to regulate one's behaviour in accordance with (advice, information, etc) 3
  • verb act on to have an effect on (illness, a part of the body, etc) 3
  • noun act on anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act. 1
  • noun act on the process of doing: caught in the act. 1
  • noun act on a formal decision, law, or the like, by a legislature, ruler, court, or other authority; decree or edict; statute; judgment, resolve, or award: an act of Congress. 1
  • noun act on an instrument or document stating something done or transacted. 1

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Origin of act on

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)

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Parts of speech for Act on


act on popularity

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".

act on usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for act on

verb act on

  • pursue — to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.; chase.
  • follow — to come after in sequence, order of time, etc.: The speech follows the dinner.
  • motivate — to provide with a motive, or a cause or reason to act; incite; impel.
  • act upon — anything done, being done, or to be done; deed; performance: a heroic act.

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