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Definition of Act


  1. That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed.
  2. The result of public deliberation; the decision or determination of a legislative body, council, court of justice, etc.; a decree, edit, law, judgment, resolve, award; as, an act of Parliament, or of Congress.
  3. A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done.
  4. A performance of part of a play; one of the principal divisions of a play or dramatic work in which a certain definite part of the action is completed.
  5. A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
  6. A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence.
  7. Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing).
  8. To move to action; to actuate; to animate.
  9. To perform; to execute; to do.
  10. To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.
  11. To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.
  12. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.
  13. To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food.
  14. To perform actions; to fulfill functions; to put forth energy; to move, as opposed to remaining at rest; to carry into effect a determination of the will.
  15. To behave or conduct, as in morals, private duties, or public offices; to bear or deport one's self; as, we know not why he has acted so.
  16. To perform on the stage; to represent a character.

Act Quotations

Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. - Thomas Jefferson
Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
Thomas Jefferson

The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It's a choice you make - not just on your wedding day, but over and over again - and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.
Barbara de Angelis

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.
Elizabeth Edwards
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Act Translations

act in Afrikaans is pleeg, daad, maak, optree, doen
act in Dutch is doen, bezig zijn, ageren, handelen
act in French is agissez, agissons, agir, construire, agissent
act in German is handeln, Akt {m}, Tat {f}
act in Italian is atto, vertere, azione, agire, funzionare, legge
act in Latin is factum, facio
act in Norwegian is spille
act in Portuguese is fazer, ato
act in Spanish is acto, hacer, accionar, accion, versar
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