Definitions and meaning of act
From Middle English acte, from Old French acte, from Latin ācta (“register of events”), plural of āctum (“decree, law”), from agere (“to do, to act”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂éǵeti. Compare German Akte (“file”). Partially displaced deed, from Old English dǣd (“act, deed”).
- 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.
- 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 form of acte
- 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 simple present acts, present participle actin, simple past actit, past participle actit)
- Eagle, Andy, ed. (2016) The Online Scots Dictionary, Scots Online.
From English act.
act f (plural actau)
- Actau'r Apostolion (“Acts of the Apostles”)
- 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)