Definition of 'act'

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Example sentences containing 'act'

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So you can wait and act if surveillance shows that more aggressive intervention is needed. Times, Sunday Times (2017)The government needs to act now to avoid further compromising the health of patients. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We have got to have our act together when we get there. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This came about by one early act of diligence and a couple of strokes of good fortune. Times, Sunday Times (2017)We were a double act yet also two very different people. The Sun (2016)The game's governing body has acted decisively. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Do not get me wrong, how a player acts during open play is vital. The Sun (2016)It's just that my act was caught on camera for the world to see. The Sun (2016)She is always well prepared, listens carefully to advice and acts thoughtfully upon it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He also took up acting, he says, chuckling at the idea of it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Their show is more of a circus act than a play. Times, Sunday Times (2009) One acted as the bridge between what was and what was to be. Christianity Today (2000)He is a class act and just plays the game the right way. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Surely the government would not act in such a cynically hypocritical manner? Times, Sunday Times (2014)Our strength comes from when we act together. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The school said it was acting on police advice. The Sun (2015)What a balancing act this show is. Times, Sunday Times (2011)One of his first acts was to set up an amnesty for players to make reports. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It was also an act of defiance. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)He is hot property in the acting game at the moment. The Sun (2013)Objects could be themselves and at the same time act a part. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)They knew what was going on in their teams and could act if something bad was happening. Times, Sunday Times (2013)There is no other government acting in this way. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Governments will not act on our behalf until we force them to do so. George Monbiot THE AGE OF CONSENT (2003)It is not like some one acting. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Something close to a comedy act. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Or is it just an act? Times, Sunday Times (2014)Two decades earlier, plays had been acted in inn yards. Times, Sunday Times (2006)

Synonyms of 'act'

do something, perform, move, function
behave, react, go about, acquit yourself
play, seem to be, pose as, pretend to be
perform, be an actor, be an actress, tread the boards

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Translations for 'act'

British English: act /ækt/ NOUN
An act is an action or thing that someone does.
...the act of reading.
  • American English: act
  • Arabic: فِعْل
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ato
  • Chinese: 动作
  • Croatian: čin
  • Czech: čin
  • Danish: handling
  • Dutch: handeling
  • European Spanish: acto acción
  • Finnish: teko
  • French: acte
  • German: Akt Handlung
  • Greek: πράξη
  • Italian: atto
  • Japanese: 行為
  • Korean: 행동
  • Norwegian: gjerning action
  • Polish: czyn
  • European Portuguese: ato
  • Romanian: faptă
  • Russian: действие
  • Spanish: acto acción
  • Swedish: handling
  • Thai: การกระทำ
  • Turkish: hareket
  • Ukrainian: дія
  • Vietnamese: hành động
British English: act /ækt/ VERB
take action When you act, you do something.
The police acted quickly to stop the fight.
  • American English: act
  • Arabic: يَفْعَلُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: atuar
  • Chinese: 行动
  • Croatian: činiti
  • Czech: jednat
  • Danish: handle
  • Dutch: handelen
  • European Spanish: actuar interpretación
  • Finnish: toimia tietoisesti
  • French: agir
  • German: handeln
  • Greek: ενεργώ
  • Italian: agire
  • Japanese: 行動する
  • Korean: 행동하다
  • Norwegian: handle
  • Polish: działać
  • European Portuguese: atuar
  • Romanian: a acționa
  • Russian: действовать
  • Spanish: actuar
  • Swedish: handla agera
  • Thai: กระทำ
  • Turkish: harekete geçmek hareket
  • Ukrainian: діяти
  • Vietnamese: hành động
British English: act /ækt/ VERB
play a part If you act in a play or film, you pretend to be one of the people in it.
  • American English: act
  • Arabic: يـُمَثِّلُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: atuar
  • Chinese: 表演
  • Croatian: glumiti
  • Czech: hrátve filmu
  • Danish: spille
  • Dutch: acteren
  • European Spanish: actuar
  • Finnish: näytellä
  • French: jouer
  • German: schauspielen
  • Greek: παίζω
  • Italian: recitare
  • Japanese: 演じる
  • Korean: 연기하다
  • Norwegian: spille
  • Polish: grać
  • European Portuguese: atuar
  • Romanian: a jucaun rol
  • Russian: играть роль
  • Spanish: actuar
  • Swedish: spela
  • Thai: แสดง
  • Turkish: rol
  • Ukrainian: грати роль
  • Vietnamese: diễn


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