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      n   an aggressive act, usually employing military force, which constitutes an immediate threat to peace  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
1    something done or performed; a deed  
2    the performance of some physical or mental process; action  
3    cap when part of a name   the formally codified result of deliberation by a legislative body; a law, edict, decree, statute, etc.  
4    often pl   a formal written record of transactions, proceedings, etc., as of a society, committee, or legislative body  
5    a major division of a dramatic work  
a    a short performance of skill, a comic sketch, dance, etc., esp. one that is part of a programme of light entertainment  
b    those giving such a performance  
7    an assumed attitude or pose, esp. one intended to impress  
8      (Philosophy)   an occurrence effected by the volition of a human agent, usually opposed at least as regards its explanation to one which is causally determined  
   Compare       event       4  
9    intr   to do something; carry out an action  
10    intr   to function in a specified way; operate; react  
his mind acted quickly     
11    to perform (a part or role) in a play, etc.  
12    tr   to present (a play, etc.) on stage  
13    intr; usually foll by: for or as   to be a substitute (for); function in place (of)  
14    intr; foll by: as   to serve the function or purpose (of)  
the glass acted as protection     
15    intr   to conduct oneself or behave (as if one were)  
she usually acts like a lady     
16    intr   to behave in an unnatural or affected way  
17    copula   to pose as; play the part of  
to act the fool     
18    copula   to behave in a manner appropriate to (esp. in the phrase act one's age)  
19    copula  
Not standard   to seem or pretend to be  
to act tired     
20    clean up one's act   to start to behave in a responsible manner  
21    get in on the act  
Informal   to become involved in a profitable undertaking or advantageous situation in order to share in the benefits  
22    get one's act together  
Informal   to become organized or prepared,   (See also)        act on       act out       act up  
     (C14: from Latin actus a doing, performance, and actum a thing done, from the past participle of agere to do)  
  actable      adj  
  actability      n  

      abbrev. for  
1    Australian Capital Territory  
2    advance corporation tax  
act of contrition  
      n     (Christianity)   a short prayer of penitence  
act of faith  
      n     (Christianity)   an act that demonstrates or tests a person's religious beliefs  
act of God  
      n     (Law)   a sudden and inevitable occurrence caused by natural forces and not by the agency of man, such as a flood, earthquake, or a similar catastrophe  
act of war  
      n   an aggressive act, usually employing military force, which constitutes an immediate threat to peace  
act on   , upon  
      vb   intr, prep  
1    to regulate one's behaviour in accordance with (advice, information, etc.)  
2    to have an effect on (illness, a part of the body, etc.)  
act out  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to reproduce (an idea, former event, etc.) in actions, often by mime  
2      (Psychiatry)   to express unconsciously (a repressed impulse or experience) in overt behaviour  
act up  
      vb   intr, adv  
Informal   to behave in a troublesome way  
the engine began to act up     
balancing act  
1    a circus act in which a performer displays his or her balancing ability  
2    a situation requiring careful balancing of opposing groups, views, or activities  
a delicate balancing act between Greek and Turkish interests     
      vb   intr     (Irish)  
informal   to play tricks; fool  
     (from cod3 + act)  
enabling act  
      n   a legislative act conferring certain specified powers on a person or organization  
Homestead Act  
1    an act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1862 making available to settlers 160-acre tracts of public land for cultivation  
2    (in Canada) a similar act passed by the Canadian Parliament in 1872  
juristic act  
1    a proceeding designed to have a legal effect  
2    an act by an individual aimed at altering, terminating, or otherwise affecting a legal right  
locutionary act  
      n     (Philosophy)   the act of uttering a sentence considered only as such  
   Compare       illocution       perlocution  
1    intr   to pretend or make believe  
2    intr   to behave in an overdramatic or affected manner  
3    to act in or as in (a play)  
  play-acting      n  
  play-actor      n  
      vb   tr   to act or perform again  
Riot Act  
1      (Criminal law)   (formerly in England) a statute of 1715 by which persons committing a riot had to disperse within an hour of the reading of the act by a magistrate  
2    read the riot act (to)   to warn or reprimand severely  
speech act  
      n     (Philosophy)  
1    an utterance that constitutes some act in addition to the mere act of uttering  
2    an act or type of act capable of being so performed,   (See also)        performative  
Stamp Act  
      n   a law passed by the British Parliament requiring all publications and legal and commercial documents in the American colonies to bear a tax stamp (1765): a cause of unrest in the colonies  
Test Act  
      n   a law passed in 1673 in England to exclude Catholics from public life by requiring all persons holding offices under the Crown, such as army officers, to take the Anglican Communion and perform other acts forbidden to a Catholic: repealed in 1828  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    accomplishment, achievement, action, blow, deed, doing, execution, exertion, exploit, feat, move, operation, performance, step, stroke, undertaking  
2    bill, decree, edict, enactment, law, measure, ordinance, resolution, statute  
3    affectation, attitude, counterfeit, dissimulation, fake, feigning, front, performance, pose, posture, pretence, sham, show, stance  
4    performance, routine, show, sketch, turn  
5    acquit, bear, behave, carry, carry out, comport, conduct, do, enact, execute, exert, function, go about, make, move, operate, perform, react, serve, strike, take effect, undertake, work  
6    affect, assume, counterfeit, dissimulate, feign, imitate, perform, pose, posture, pretend, put on, seem, sham  
7    act out, characterize, enact, impersonate, mime, mimic, perform, personate, personify, play, play or take the part of, portray, represent  

act for     
cover for, deputize for, fill in for, function in place of, replace, represent, serve, stand in for, substitute for, take the place of  
act on   , act upon  
1    act in accordance with, carry out, comply with, conform to, follow, heed, obey, yield to  
2    affect, alter, change, impact, influence, modify, sway, transform  
act up     
be naughty, carry on, cause trouble, give bother, give trouble, horse around     (informal)   malfunction, mess about, misbehave, piss about     (taboo slang)   piss around     (taboo slang)   play up     (Brit. informal)   raise Cain  
act upon  
    act on  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

See also:

ACT, Act, ACT, act of contrition

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
1. the operation or work of cutting grass and curing it for hay 2. the act of taking full advantage of an easy opportunity
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
blend of "slacker" and "activism". Act of participating to pointless activities as a type of activism.
Signing on-line petitions or wearing bracelets against war are forms of slacktivism
a portmanteau of 'employer' and 'voyeurism'. signifies the act of searching for an employer or the practice of an employer when looking to fill positions. The term places an emphasis on the secretive connotation of the word 'voyeur', denoting a clandestine and thus superior form of employment search
[Tech.] Ex.: Employerism is what one must engage in, if one wishes to embark upon a more productive job hunt!
act of covering an object, such as a tree, house, or another structure with toilet paper
Syn.: TP'ing
the act of transferring virtual content or value on the Internet to a specific destination
the act of using someone else's identifying information with the intent to defraud others online
[Leg.];[Tech.] criminal act to steal a personal information online
the act of changing the ownership of a virtual property from one person to another
a militarist; person who urges war
Synonyms: warmonger, militant
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
The act or offence of grubbing up trees and bushes, and thus destroying forest land. Or, the land thus destroyed.
[Leg.] English noun and verb
Someone's ability to look and act like whoever is around him or her.
The fictional character of human chameleon Leonard Zelig (in the film "Zelig", 1983), who becomes a celebrity in the 1920s due to his ability to look and act like whoever is around him.
Cybertort is a willful act done by a person on internet that may cause legal injuries to virtual identity or virtual property of a person in cyberspace
[Leg.];[Tech.] cyber defamation is Cybertort
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
act in accordance with what is set verbally; apply what one's preaching for; double words by action;
often used in combination with "talk the talk".
find a a partner for someone and act as an intermediary for the two persons to meet
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
use the authority given by a position (in society, in a company etc.) to determine someone to act in a certain manner
E.g: He is not eager to attend the event, but he has to be there because his boss pulled rank on him.
when you act it has more impact that when you speak only
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