Act ( noun , verb )

(As a noun)

Act ( noun )

  1. A thing done or performed, especially a formal or official one.
  2. A provision of a law or legislative bill.
  3. A performance in a play, opera, or ballet.
  4. A characteristic way of behaving or a thing somebody does regularly.
  5. A display of exaggerated behavior or gestures.


Late middle english: from latin actus, from agere 'to do'. the verb sense (late 16th century) arose from the noun.


  1. She described the act of painting as therapeutic.
  2. The act imposed heavy fines for polluting rivers.
  3. The opera has five acts.
  4. It was an act of kindness to help the old lady across the road.
  5. He put on an act for the benefit of his audience.

(As a verb)

Act ( verb )

  1. To do something, especially in a formal or official context.
  2. To perform a specified role in a play, film, or other production.
  3. To play a part or assume a role, often in a deceptive way.
  4. To behave in a specified manner or to have a specified behavior.
  5. To take action or do something, especially in response to a situation.


Late middle english: from latin agere 'to do'. the noun sense (late 16th century) arose from the verb.


  1. She promised to act on the information as soon as possible.
  2. He was offered a role in the play and decided to act.
  3. She acted as if she didn't know what was going on.
  4. You should act more responsibly if you want to be taken seriously.
  5. The company acted quickly to resolve the problem.
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