Definitions and translations for "act"

Definition of act

Pronunciation
Verb
1. 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.
2. Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind.
He acted the idiot.
She plays deaf when the news are bad.
Noun
3. Something that people do or cause to happen.
4. A legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body.
5. 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.
6. A manifestation of insincerity.
He put on quite an act for her benefit.
7. A subdivision of a play or opera or ballet.
8. Be suitable for theatrical performance.
This scene acts well.
9. Discharge one's duties.
She acts as the chair.
In what capacity are you acting?.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure.
13. 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.
14. Perform on a stage or theater.
She acts in this play.
He acted in `Julius Caesar'.
I played in `A Christmas Carol'.
15. Behave unnaturally or affectedly.
She's just acting.
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English - English - act

Pronunciation
n. something that is done, deed; operation, process by which something is accomplished; affectation, pretense; short performance; section of a play or opera; law or formal decision made by a legislature or other authority
v. perform, do; play a role; pretend, fake
n. short performance; law or formal decision made by a legislature or other authority; act, something that is done; operation

English - Spanish - act

Pronunciation
s. acto, acción, obra; hecho; función, número; acto fingido, cuadro, escena, espectáculo, fingimiento
v. actuar, hacer algo, obrar, tomar acción; estar fingiendo, fingir; comportarse

English - French - act

Pronunciation
n. action; acte; loi, décret; acte (d'une pièce de théâtre)
v. agir; prendre des mesures; jouer (une pièce, un personnage)

English - German - act

Pronunciation
n. Akt, Handlung; Gesetz; Tat
v. handeln, agieren; spielen, schauspielern

English - Indonesian - act

Pronunciation
n. perbuatan, tindak, fiil, paal, undang-undang, keputusan, penetapan, babak, lakon, main-main, ayat
v. bertindak, mengambil tindakan, bertingkah, berbuat, memperbuat, memainkan peran, mengikut, berlaku

English - Italian - act

Pronunciation
s. atto, azione; decreto, legge; documento; numero; (fam) commedia, finzione, messa in scena; (univ) discussione di tesi
v. agire; (Teat, Cin) recitare; prestarsi a essere rappresentato; comportarsi; fare effetto; simulare, fingere

English - Polish - act

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n. czyn, akt, uczynek, występ sceniczny, ustawa, dokument {prawn.}, czynność, postępek
v. czynić, robić, działać, oddziaływać, podziałać na coś, postępować, sposób: zachować się w określony sposób, pracować jako, funkcja: pełnić funkcję, scena: grać na scenie, zagrać, odegrać rolę, przedstawiać, udać, służyć do, operować, atakować, postanowić, postąpić, zagrywać, udawać

English - Portuguese - act

Pronunciation
s. ato; ação; lei
v. atuar; obrar; produzir; agir

English - Romanian - act

Pronunciation
n. act, faptă, acţiune, manifestare, decret, curs, proces, lucru, număr, document, hotărâre, efect, lege
v. interpreta, juca, simula, funcţiona, acţiona, activa, opera, proceda, reacţiona, merge

English - Russian - act

Pronunciation
с. дело, поступок, акт, действие, деяние; процесс; закон, постановление; игра, номер, миниатюра; притворство
г. действовать, работать; поступать, вести себя; влиять, оказывать действие; замещать; играть на сцене, играть, исполнять роль; притворяться, прикидываться

English - Turkish - act

Pronunciation
f. davranmak, hareket etmek; oynamak, numara yapmak, numarası yapmak,rol yapmak, rol oynamak; etki etmek; görevini yapmak
i. hareket, davranış, amel, fiil; oyun, numara, rol, perde [tiy.]; eylem; kanun, yasa, resmi yazı; cinsel ilişki

English - Ukrainian - act

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n. справа, діло, вчинок, акт, дія, процес, закон, постанова, рішення, документ
v. діяти, поводитися, працювати, вдіяти, оперувати, чинити

Romanian - English - act

n. act, document, deed

Dutch - English - act

Pronunciation
n. short performance; law or formal decision made by a legislature or other authority; act, something that is done; operation

English - Dutch - act

Pronunciation
zn. handeling; daad; akte; wet; nummer, bedrijf
ww. handelen, optreden; zich gedragen, toneelspelen, een rol spelen

English - Greek - act

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ουσ. πράξη, ενέργεια, νομοσχέδιο
ρήμ. δρω, ενεργώ

English - Arabic - act

Pronunciation
‏فعل، عمل، فعلي بالفعل، عقد، صنيع، صك، قانون، مرسوم‏
‏نفذ، مثل، أدى دور، أصلح للتمثيل، خدم، حدث أثرا‏

English - Chinese - act

Pronunciation
(名) 行为; 幕; 行动; 节目; 法案, 法令
(动) 扮演; 举动像; 装作; 下判决; 行动; 假装; 见效, 起作用; 演戏, 表演

English - Chinese - act

Pronunciation
(名) 行為; 幕; 行動; 節目; 法案, 法令
(動) 扮演; 舉動像; 裝作; 下判決; 行動; 假裝; 見效, 起作用; 演戲, 表演

English - Hindi - act

Pronunciation
n. अंक, कार्य, वास्तविकता, नाटक का अंक, विधि, कृति, नियम
v. करना, अभिनय करना, अभिनय: का अभिनय करना, नाटक-रूप में बदलना

English - Japanese - act

Pronunciation
(名) 行い; 完遂したもの; そぶり; 出し物; 法令
(動) 行動する; ふるまう; 演じる; 出演する

English - Korean - act

Pronunciation
명. 행위, 짓, 행동; 거짓행동, 위장행위; 단막극; 연극이나 오페라의 막; 의사록, 회의의기록
동. 하다, 행하다; 연기를 하다; ...의 시늉을 하다, ...체 하다

English - Vietnamese - act

Pronunciation
n. đóng tuồng, thực hành
v. làm, hành động, thi hành, diển tập, làm bộ, cư xử, giả đò
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Verb forms for act
Present participle: acting
Present: act (3.person: acts)
Past: acted
Future: will act
Present conditional: would act
Present Perfect: have acted (3.person: has acted)
Past Perfect: had acted
Future Perfect: will have acted
Past conditional: would have acted