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English definition


  • 1. a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

  • 2. something that people do or cause to happen

  • 3. a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

  • 4. 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"
  • 5. a manifestation of insincerity;

    • "he put on quite an act for her benefit"


  • 1. 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"
  • 2. 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"
  • 3. 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"
  • 4. discharge one's duties;

    • "She acts as the chair"
    • "In what capacity are you acting?"
  • 5. pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind;

    • "He acted the idiot"
    • "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
  • 6. be suitable for theatrical performance;

    • "This scene acts well"
  • 7. 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"
  • 8. be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure

  • 9. behave unnaturally or affectedly;

    • "She's just acting"
  • 10. perform on a stage or theater;

    • "She acts in this play"
    • "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"
    • "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

Example sentences

  • She seems to have camped up at the third act of the play.

  • This was an act of extreme brutality.

  • I query very much whether it is wise to act so hastily.

  • As the chairman is ill, I'm asking Mr. Sharp to act for him.

  • Mr. Jones will act as receiver for the company that has failed in business.

  • My first act was to run into the waiting room.

  • Don't take her seriously, it's all an act.

  • The Labour Party repealed the Act.

  • He was detected in the act of stealing.

  • Who will act as mediator in the dispute.

  • The government must act to firm prices up.

  • Don't make a rash act.

  • The policeman followed the thieves until they actually picked up the jewels, when he caught them in the act.

  • The legislature repealed the unpopular Rent Act.

  • The desire to be rich possessed him to act so.

  • Now , none of your empty talk . Let's see how you act.

  • The thief shook in his shoes when he was caught in the act.

  • It's wrong to act like that.

  • Now that you have expressed your determination, you should act.

  • I'll act as interpreter.

  • This is an act that outrages public opinion.

  • By gravitation the sun and planets act and react upon one another.

  • Try to act interested.

  • The military exercise was condemned as an act of aggression.

  • a deliberate act of vandalism

  • Hopefully his punishment will act as a deterrent to others.

  • an act of penance

  • He described the killing as a dastardly act.

Phrase collocation

  • act out

    To perform in or as if in a play; dramatize

    • act out a story.

    • wanted to act out his theory.

    To express (unconscious impulses, for example) in an overt manner without awareness or understanding.

  • act up

    To misbehave.

    To malfunction.

    &I{Informal} To become active or troublesome after a period of quiescence

    • My left knee acts up in damp weather. Her arthritis is acting up again.

  • act of God

    an instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation (often used in insurance claims)

  • act of grace

    a privilege or concession that cannot be claimed as a right

  • catch someone in the act

    (一般作 be caught in the act)surprise someone in the process of doing something wrong

    • the thieves were caught in the act.

  • clean up one's act

    behave in a more acceptable manner

  • get one's act together

    (informal)galvanize oneself into organizing one's life or affairs effectively

  • get (或 be) in on the act

    (informal)become or be involved in a particular activity, in order to gain profit or advantage

  • a hard (或 tough) act to follow

    an achievement or performance which sets a standard regarded as being hard for others to measure up to

  • in the act of

    in the process of

    • they photographed him in the act of reading other people's mail.

  • be in on the act

    To be included in an activity.

  • clean up (one's) act&I{【俚语】}

    To improve one's behavior or performance.

  • get into the act

    To insert oneself into an ongoing activity, project, or situation.

  • get (one's) act together&I{【俚语】}

    To get organized.


  • dumb act

  • dog and pony act

    • Bring them in here and do a dog and pony act.

    • Wally was there with his dog and pony show about water safety.

Synonym discrimination

  • act, action, deed, operation, performance

  • law, constitution, regulation, code, rule, act

Meaning of act

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