|n.||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.||A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence.|
|3.||Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing).|
|v. t.||1.||To move to action; to actuate; to animate. |
|2.||To perform; to execute; to do.|
|3.||To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.|
|4.||To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.|
|5.||To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.|
|v. i.||1.||To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food.|
|2.||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.|
|3.||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.|
|4.||To perform on the stage; to represent a character.|
|Noun||1.||act - a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body|
|2.||act - something that people do or cause to happen|
|3.||act - a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet|
|4.||act - a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"|
|5.||act - a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"|
|Verb||1.||act - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"|Antonyms: forbear
- not do something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping"
|2.||act - behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"|
|3.||act - play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master"|
|4.||act - discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"|
|5.||act - pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"|
|6.||act - be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well"|
|7.||act - have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected; "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"|
|8.||act - be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure|
|9.||act - behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"|
|10.||act - perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"|
ACT, civil law, contracts. A writing which states in a legal form that a
thing has been said, done, or agreed. In Latin, Instrumentum. Merl. Rep.
ACT. In the legal sense, this word may be used to signify the result of a
public deliberation, the decision of a prince, of a legislative body, of a
council, court of justice, or a magistrate. Also, a decree, edict, law,
judgment, resolve, award, determination. Also, an instrument in writing to
verify facts, as act of assembly, act of congress, act of parliament, act
and deed. See Webster's Dict. Acts are civil or criminal, lawful or
unlawful, public or private.
2. Public acts, usually denominated authentic, are those which have a
public authority, and which have been made before public officers, are
authorized by a public seal, have been made public by the authority of a
magistrate, or which have been extracted and been properly authenticated
from public records.
3. Acts under private signature are those which have been made by
private individuals, under their hands. An act of this kind does not acquire
the force of an authentic act, by being registered in the office of a
notary. 5 N. S. 693; 8 N. S. 568 ; 3 L. R. 419 ; 8 N. S. 396 ; 11 M. R. 243;
unless it has been properly acknowledged before the officer, by the parties
to it. 5 N. S. 196.
4. Private acts are those made by private persons, as registers in
relation to their receipts and expenditures, schedules, acquittances, and
the like. Nov. 73, c. 2 ; Code, lib. 7, tit. 32, 1. 6; lib. 4, t. 21; Dig.
lib. 22, tit.. 4; Civ. Code of Louis. art. 2231 to 2254; Toull. Dr. Civ.
Francais, tom. 8, p. 94.
ACT, evidence. The act of one of several conspirators, performed in
pursuance of the common design, is evidence against all of them. An overt
act of treason must be proved by two witnesses. See Overt.
2. The terra. acts, includes written correspondence, and other papers
relative to the design of the parties, but whether it includes unpublished
writings upon abstract questions, though of a kindred nature, has been
doubted, Foster's Rep. 198 ; 2 Stark. R. 116, 141.
3. In cases of partnership it is a rule that the act or declaration of
either partner, in furtherance of the common object of the association, is
the act of all. 1 Pet. R. 371 5 B. & Ald. 267.
4. And the acts. of an agent, in pursuance of his authority, will be
binding on his principal. Greenl. Ev. Sec. 113.
ACT, legislation. A statute or law made by a legislative body; as an act of
congress is a law by the congress of the United States; an act of assembly
is a law made by a legislative assembly. If an act of assembly expire or be
repealed while a proceeding under it is in fieri or pending, the proceeding
becomes abortive; as a prosecution for an offence, 7 Wheat. 552; or a
proceeding under insolvent laws. 1 Bl. R. 451; Burr. 1456 ; 6 Cranch, 208 ;
9 Serg. & Rawle, 283.
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2. Acts are general or special; public or private. A general or public
act is a universal rule which binds the whole community; of which the courts
are bound to take notice ex officio.
3. Explanatory acts should not be enlarged by equity Blood's case,
Comb. 410; although such acts may be allowed to have a retrospective
operation. Dupin, Notions de Droit, 145. 9.
4. Private or special acts are rather exceptions, than rules; being
those which operate only upon particular persons and private concerns; of
these the courts are not bound to take notice, unless they are pleaded. Com.
85, 6; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 105.
, accomplished fact
, act a part
, act as
, act as foil
, act out
, be effective
, be in action
, be productive
, behavior pattern
, behavioral norm
, behavioral science
, bring about
, bring into being
, bring to fruition
, come out
, concurrent resolution
, cover up
, culture pattern
, curtain call
, curtain raiser
, expository scene
, fait accompli
, get top billing
, go on
, have effect
, have free play
, have play
, hoke act
, joint resolution
, let on
, let on like
, make a pretense
, make as if
, make believe
, make like
, masquerade as
, modus vivendi
, observable behavior
, overt act
, pass for
, play a part
, play possum
, play the lead
, pose as
, pretend to be
, put on
, res gestae
, social science
, song and dance
, stand-up comedy act
, standing order
, steal the show
, take effect
, take off
, thing done
, tour de force
, tread the boards
, way of life