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  Dictionary Definition of act

1. anything done or performed; a doing; deed.
2. the process of doing: caught in the act.
3. ( often cap. ) a decree, edict, law, statute, judgment, resolve, or award: an act of Parliament.
4. a deed of instrument recording a transaction.
5. one of the main divisions of a play or opera.
6. an individual performance forming part of a variety show, radio program, etc.: a juggling act.
7. behaviour which is contrived and artificial, somewhat in the manner of a theatrical performance: he's not really an ocker -- it's just an act.
8. a display of bad temper.
-- verb (i)
9. to do something; exert energy or force; be employed or operative: his mind acts quickly.
10. to be employed or operate in a particular way; perform specific duties or functions: to act as chairman.
11. to have effect; perform a function: the medicine failed to act.
12. to perform the function of, substitue for: the stick will act as a lever.
13. to behave: to act well under pressure.
14. to pretend.
15. to perform as an actor: did she ever act on the stage?
16. to be capable of being acted on the stage: his plays don't act well.
-- verb (t)
17. to represent (a fictitious or historical character) with one's person: to act Macbeth.
18. to feign; counterfeit: to act outraged virtue.
19. to behave as suitable for: to act your age.
20. to behave as: he acted the fool.
21. Obsolete to actuate.
-- phrase
22. act for, to serve or substitute for.
23. act on ; act upon, a. to act in accordance with; follow: he acted on my suggestion. b. to affect: alcohol acts on the brain.
24. act out, to give expression to (an idea, emotion, etc.), either consciously (as in acting or mime) or unconsciously.
25. act the goat ; act the angora, Colloquial to play the fool.
26. act up, Colloquial a. to misbehave. b. (of a car, machine, etc.) to malfunction.
27. bung on an act ; stack on an act, a. to display bad temper. b. to behave in a manner especially put on for the occasion.
28. get one's act together, to become organised and effective.
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