act*/*/*/

[ækt] noun I
1) [C] a single thing that someone does
an act of violence against innocent people[/ex]
a simple act of kindness[/ex]
groups committing criminal acts[/ex]
2) [singular] a way of behaving that is not sincere
She isn't really upset: it's all an act.[/ex]
3) [C] a short performance
Her act includes singing and dancing.[/ex]
4) [C] a person or group who performs on stage
They're one of rock music's most exciting live acts.[/ex]
5) [C] one of the major divisions of a play, opera, or BALLET
6) [C] a law
the Data Protection Act[/ex]
an act of Parliament[/ex]
act of God — something bad such as a flood that people cannot control because it is produced by natural forces[/ex]
be a hard/tough act to followinformal to do something so well that it is hard for other people to be as good as you[/ex]
get your act togetherinformal to organize your life or work in a better way[/ex]
get in on the actinformal to take part in an activity in order to gain the same advantages as other people[/ex]
II
verb
act */*/*/[ækt]
1) [I] to do something
Now is the time to act.[/ex]
I'm acting on the advice of my doctor.[/ex]
She claims that she acted out of necessity (= because she had to).[/ex]
2) [I] to behave in a particular way
He's been acting strangely all day.[/ex]
Despite her problems, she acted as if nothing was wrong.[/ex]
3) [I/T] to perform in plays or films
I've always wanted to act.[/ex]
Philip Schofield acted the part of Joseph.[/ex]
4) [I] to do the job of a particular kind of person
You speak Greek – will you act as our interpreter?[/ex]
5) [I] to have a particular effect
Don't expect the medicine to act immediately.[/ex]
The measures are intended to act as a deterrent to criminals.[/ex]
- act sth out
- act up

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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