A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [akt]
    • /ækt/
    • /ækt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [akt]
    • /ækt/

Definitions of acts word

  • noun acts a book of the New Testament, ascribed to Luke 3
  • noun acts a book of the New Testament. 1
  • verb without object acts to do something; exert energy or force; be employed or operative: He acted promptly in the emergency. 1
  • verb without object acts to reach, make, or issue a decision on some matter: I am required to act before noon tomorrow. 1
  • verb without object acts to operate or function in a particular way; perform specific duties or functions: to act as manager. 1
  • verb without object acts to produce an effect; perform a function: The medicine failed to act. 1

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Origin of acts

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 Acts


acts 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".

acts usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for acts

noun acts

  • doings — action; performance; execution: Your misfortune is not of my doing.
  • oddness — differing in nature from what is ordinary, usual, or expected: an odd choice.
  • queerness — strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular: a queer notion of justice.
  • goings-on — conduct or behavior, especially when open to criticism: We had never seen such goings-on as at the last dance.
  • mannerism — a habitual or characteristic manner, mode, or way of doing something; distinctive quality or style, as in behavior or speech: He has an annoying mannerism of tapping his fingers while he talks. They copied his literary mannerisms but always lacked his ebullience.

Antonyms for acts

noun acts

  • waits — Plural form of wait.

Top questions with acts

  • who wrote the book of acts?
  • what were the intolerable acts?
  • who wrote acts?
  • what were the alien and sedition acts?
  • what were the townshend acts?

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