Definitions and meaning of act
From Old French acte, from Latin ācta (“register of events”), plural of āctum (“decree, law”), from agō (“put in motion”). Compare German Akte (“file”).
- IPA(key): /ækt/
- (AAVE) IPA(key): /æk/
- Rhymes: -ækt
act (countable and uncountable, plural acts)
- (countable) Something done, a deed.
- 1798, William Wordsworth, Lines
- That best portion of a good man's life, / His little, nameless, unremembered acts / Of kindness and of love.
- (obsolete, uncountable) Actuality.
- 1594, Richard Hooker, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
- The seeds of plants are not at first in act, but in possibility, what they afterward grow to be.
- (theology) Something done once and for all, as distinguished from a work.
- (countable) A product of a legislative body, a statute.
- The process of doing something.
- (countable) A formal or official record of something done.
- (countable, drama) A division of a theatrical performance.
- (countable) A performer or performers in a show.
- (countable) Any organized activity.
- (countable) A display of behaviour.
- A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
- (countable) A display of behaviour meant to deceive.
- to put on an act
- (something done): deed; see also Thesaurus:action
- (product of a legislative body): statute
- (display of behavior): pretense
act (third-person singular simple present acts, present participle acting, simple past and past participle acted)
- (intransitive) To do something.
- (obsolete, transitive) To do (something); to perform.
- 1650, Jeremy Taylor, The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, Purity of Intention
- that we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity
- a. 1677, Isaac Barrow, Of Industry in General (sermon)
- Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do.
- 1782, William Cowper, Expostulation
- Uplifted hands that at convenient times / Could act extortion and the worst of crimes.
- (intransitive) To perform a theatrical role.
- (intransitive) Of a play: to be acted out (well or badly).
- (intransitive) To behave in a certain manner for an indefinite length of time.
- (copulative) To convey an appearance of being.
- (intransitive) To do something that causes a change binding on the doer.
- (intransitive, construed with on or upon) To have an effect (on).
- (transitive) To play (a role).
- (transitive) To feign.
- With acted fear the villain thus pursued.
- (mathematics, intransitive, construed with on or upon, of a group) To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).
- (obsolete, transitive) To move to action; to actuate; to animate.
- ATC, CAT, CTA, Cat, TAC, TCA, cat, tac
- Alternative spelling of acht (“but”)
Borrowed from French acte, from Latin actus.
act n (plural acte)
- act, deed, action
- act in DEX online - Dicționare ale limbii române (Dictionaries of the Romanian language)
act (plural acts)
- an act
act (third-person singular present acts, present participle actin, past actit, past participle actit)
- Eagle, Andy, ed. (2016) The Online Scots Dictionary, Scots Online.
From English act.
act f (plural actau)
- actio (“to act”)
- actor (“actor”)
- actores (“actress”)
- R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present) , “act”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies
- to do something in a specified way.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)