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  • something that people do or cause to happen
  • a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
  • 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"
  • a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
  • a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"
  • 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"
  • pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
  • discharge one''s duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"
  • 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"
  • perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar''"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol''"
  • behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She''s just acting"
  • 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"
  • be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
  • 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 on
  • be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well"

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body ,
  • something that people do or cause to happen ,
  • a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet ,
  • 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" ,
  • a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Act'


  • Act: Act or ACT may refer to: Acting, action of an actor in a theatrical performance Act (drama), a segment of a performance, such as a play or opera Musical
  • Patriot Act: The USA PATRIOT Act is an Act of Congress that was signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 26, 2001. With its ten-letter abbreviation (USA
  • ACT (test): The ACT (/eɪ siː tiː/; originally an abbreviation of American College Testing) college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement
  • Finance Act: For the similar Act in India, see Finance Act (India). Finance Act refers to the headline fiscal (budgetary) legislation enacted by the UK Parliament,
  • Riot Act: see Riot Act (album). For the Xbox 360 game called Riot Act in Japan, see Crackdown. The Riot Act (1714) (1 Geo.1 St.2 c.5) was an Act of the Parliament
  • Dawes Act: confused with Dawes Plan. The Dawes Act of 1887 (also known as the General Allotment Act or the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887), adopted by Congress in 1887
  • Mann Act: The White-Slave Traffic Act, or the Mann Act, is a United States federal law, passed June 25, 1910 (ch. 395, 36 Stat. 825; codified as amended at 18 U
  • Appropriation Act: bill. An Appropriation Act is an Act of Parliament passed by the United Kingdom Parliament which, like a Consolidated Fund Act, allows the Treasury to
  • Stamp act: the general topic. For the act passed in 1712, see Stamp Act 1712. For the act passed in 1765, see Stamp Act 1765. A stamp act is any legislation that requires
  • Marihuana Tax Act of 1937: The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, Pub. 238, 75th Congress, 50 Stat. 551 (August 2, 1937) was a United States Act that placed a tax on the sale of cannabis

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* Presidents quickly realize that while a single act might destroy the world they live in, no one single decision can make life suddenly better or can turn history around for good. - Lyndon B. Johnson

* All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

* Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. - Scott Adams


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