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Definition of "act" []

  • The process of doing or performing something: the act of thinking. (noun)
  • Something done or performed; a deed: a charitable act. (noun)
  • A product, such as a statute, decree, or enactment, resulting from a decision by a legislative or judicial body: an act of Congress. (noun)
  • A formal written record of proceedings or transactions. (noun)
  • One of the major divisions of a play or opera. (noun)
  • Something done or performed; a deed (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The performance of some physical or mental process; action (noun)
  • The formally codified result of deliberation by a legislative body; a law, edict, decree, statute, etc (noun)
  • A formal written record of transactions, proceedings, etc, as of a society, committee, or legislative body (noun)
  • A major division of a dramatic work (noun)
  • A short performance of skill, a comic sketch, dance, etc, esp one that is part of a programme of light entertainment (noun)
  • Those giving such a performance (noun)
  • An assumed attitude or pose, esp one intended to impress (noun)
  • An occurrence effected by the volition of a human agent, usually opposed at least as regards its explanation to one which is causally determined (noun)
  • To do something; carry out an action (verb)
  • To function in a specified way; operate; react (verb)
  • To perform (a part or role) in a play, etc (verb)
  • To present (a play, etc) on stage (verb)
  • To be a substitute (for); function in place (of) (verb)
  • To serve the function or purpose (of) (verb)
  • To conduct oneself or behave (as if one were) (verb)
  • To behave in an unnatural or affected way (verb)
  • To pose as; play the part of (verb)
  • To behave in a manner appropriate to (esp in the phrase act one's age) (verb)
  • To seem or pretend to be (verb)

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Use "act" in a sentence
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  • "As I consider it one of the most important qualifications in a judge to have the discernment I refer to, and as many are appointed judges, even at our national shows, _who never should have been appointed, and many act who never should act_, it ought to be put out of all doubt."
  • "So far as the Scriptures seem to suggest there is not a fresh act upon God's part at certain times in one's experience, but His wondrous love is such that there is _a continuous act_ -- a continuous flooding in of all the gracious power of His Spirit that the human conditions will admit of."