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ALL meanings of act

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  • 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
  • verb act If a force or substance acts on someone or something, it has a certain effect on them. 3
  • verb act If you act, or act a part in a play or film, you have a part in it. 3
  • countable noun act An act is a single thing that someone does. 3
  • singular noun act If you say that someone's behaviour is an act, you mean that it does not express their real feelings. 3
  • countable noun act An Act is a law passed by the government. 3
  • countable noun act An act in a play, opera, or ballet is one of the main parts into which it is divided. 3
  • countable noun act An act in a show is a short performance which is one of several in the show. 3
  • noun act something done or performed; a deed 3
  • noun act the performance of some physical or mental process; action 3
  • noun act the formally codified result of deliberation by a legislative body; a law, edict, decree, statute, etc 3
  • noun act a formal written record of transactions, proceedings, etc, as of a society, committee, or legislative body 3
  • noun act a major division of a dramatic work 3
  • noun act a short performance of skill, a comic sketch, dance, etc, esp one that is part of a programme of light entertainment 3
  • noun act those giving such a performance 3
  • noun act an assumed attitude or pose, esp one intended to impress 3
  • noun act an occurrence effected by the volition of a human agent, usually opposed at least as regards its explanation to one which is causally determined 3
  • verb act to do something; carry out an action 3
  • verb act to function in a specified way; operate; react 3
  • verb act to perform (a part or role) in a play, etc 3
  • verb act to present (a play, etc) on stage 3
  • verb act to be a substitute (for); function in place (of) 3
  • verb act to serve the function or purpose (of) 3
  • verb act to conduct oneself or behave (as if one were) 3
  • verb act to behave in an unnatural or affected way 3
  • verb act to pose as; play the part of 3
  • verb act to behave in a manner appropriate to (esp in the phrase act one's age) 3
  • verb act to seem or pretend to be 3
  • abbreviation ACT Australian Capital Territory 3
  • abbreviation ACT (formerly in Britain) advance corporation tax 3
  • noun acronym act (in New Zealand) Association of Consumers and Taxpayers: a small political party of the right 3
  • abbreviation ACT American College Test 3
  • noun act a thing done; deed 3
  • noun act an action; doing 3
  • noun act a decision (of a court, legislature, etc.); law; decree 3
  • noun act a document formally stating what has been done, made into law, etc. 3
  • noun act one of the main divisions of a drama or opera 3
  • noun act any of the separate performances on a variety program 3
  • noun act a show of feeling or behavior that is not sincere and is put on just for effect 3
  • verb transitive act to play the part of 3
  • verb transitive act to perform in (a play) 3
  • verb transitive act to behave in a way suitable for 3
  • intransitive verb act to perform in a play, film, etc.; play a role 3
  • intransitive verb act to behave as though playing a role 3
  • intransitive verb act to be suited to performance 3
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