Associations to the word «Act»


ACT, proper noun. Initialism of Australian Capital Territory, a federal territory of Australia.
ACT, noun. A certain standardized college admissions test in the United States, originally called the .
ACT, noun. (countable) Something done, a deed.
ACT, noun. (obsolete) (uncountable) Actuality.
ACT, noun. (countable) A product of a legislative body, a statute.
ACT, noun. The process of doing something.
ACT, noun. (countable) A formal or official record of something done.
ACT, noun. (countable) A division of a theatrical performance.
ACT, noun. (countable) A performer or performers in a show.
ACT, noun. (countable) Any organized activity.
ACT, noun. (countable) A display of behaviour.
ACT, noun. A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
ACT, noun. (countable) A display of behaviour meant to deceive.
ACT, verb. (intransitive) To do something.
ACT, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To do (something); to perform.
ACT, verb. (intransitive) To perform a theatrical role.
ACT, verb. (intransitive) To behave in a certain way.
ACT, verb. (copulative) To convey an appearance of being.
ACT, verb. (intransitive) (construed with on or upon) To have an effect (on).
ACT, verb. (transitive) To play (a role).
ACT, verb. (transitive) To feign.
ACT, verb. (mathematics) (intransitive) (construed with on or upon) (of a group) To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).
ACT, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To move to action; to actuate; to animate.
ACT A FOOL, verb. (intransitive) to play the fool
ACT OF CONGRESS, noun. (idiomatic) (US) (chiefly colloquial) Authorization that is extremely difficult to get, especially in a timely fashion.
ACT OF GOD, noun. (legal) (usually preceded by an) An unforeseen occurrence beyond one's control, such as a natural disaster.
ACT OF GOD, noun. (legal) (usually "an") Alternative spelling of act of God
ACT OF INDEPENDENT SIGNIFICANCE, noun. (legal) A doctrine in the law of wills under which a testator may effectively change the disposition of his property without changing the text of the will, so long as the acts or events changing the disposition have some significance other than avoiding the requirements of the will.
ACT OF PARLIAMENT, noun. A law which has received assent (royal or presidential or gubernatorial) after having been passed by the houses (or house) of Parliament; an act or parliament.
ACT OF PARLIAMENT CLOCK, noun. (UK) A large clock, once hung in inns, erroneously thought to derive from a tax on clocks
ACT ON, verb. To act decisively on the basis of information received or deduced.
ACT ON, verb. To take action against something.
ACT ON, verb. (medicine) To affect something.
ACT ONE'S AGE, verb. (idiomatic) To be mature and not childish.
ACT OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To go through the process of a scene from a play, a charade or a pointless exercise.
ACT OUT, verb. (idiomatic) To express one's feelings through disruptive actions.
ACT THE GOAT, verb. To play around in a silly manner.
ACT THE JENNET, verb. (Ireland) To play around in a foolish or annoying manner.
ACT THE MAGGOT, verb. (Ireland) To play around in a foolish or annoying manner.
ACT UP, verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) To misbehave; to cause trouble.
ACT UP TO, verb. To equal in action; to fulfill in practice.
ACT UPON, verb. To act on the basis of information received or deduced.

Dictionary definition

ACT, noun. A legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body.
ACT, noun. Something that people do or cause to happen.
ACT, noun. A subdivision of a play or opera or ballet.
ACT, noun. A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did".
ACT, noun. A manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit".
ACT, verb. Perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel".
ACT, verb. Behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people".
ACT, verb. Play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master".
ACT, verb. Discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?".
ACT, verb. Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad".
ACT, verb. Be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well".
ACT, verb. Have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected; "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water".
ACT, verb. Be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure.
ACT, verb. Behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting".
ACT, verb. Perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'".

Wise words

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action.
William Shakespeare