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Act appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • He or I act at Cairo, eh?
  • An Indian act can aid Nina.
  • Won't cat lovers revolt? Act now!
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Usage statistics for the noun act:

spoken English19.46%written English80.54% imaginative writing19.04%informational writing80.96%

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Act is sometimes a misspelling of great.

The word act is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun act

What does act mean as a name of something?

Act is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural:

  • act: acts
  • Act: Acts

  1. a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
  2. something that people do or cause to happen
  3. a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
  4. a short performance that is part of a longer program
  5. a manifestation of insincerity

Alternative definition of the noun act


  1. [countable] Something done, a deed.
  2. [obsolete, uncountable] Actuality.
  3. [countable] A product of a legislative body, a statute.
  4. The process of doing something.
  5. [countable] A formal or official record of something done.
  6. [countable] A division of a theatrical performance.
  7. [countable] A display of behaviour.
  8. [countable] A performer or performers in a show.

Definition of the verb act

What does act mean as a doing word?

Act is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: acted | acting | acts

  1. perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  2. behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
    • examples: You should act like an adult | The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] as [Predicate]Dina masqueraded as a lawyer
      [Agent - being] [Verb] like [Predicate]Dina acted like a cretin

      Verbs with Predicative Complements (with the same syntax): behave.

    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of act: behave / do
    • more specific terms:
  3. play a role or part
    • example: She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role
    • domain: performing arts
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of act: play / represent
    • more generic word: re-create = create anew
    • more specific terms:
  4. discharge one's duties
    • examples: She acts as the chair | In what capacity are you acting?
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: serve = do duty or hold offices
    • more specific words:
  5. pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
    • example: He acted the idiot
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of act: act as / play
    • more generic words: behave / do = behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior
  6. be suitable for theatrical performance
    • example: This scene acts well
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  7. have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
  8. be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more specific terms:
  9. behave unnaturally or affectedly
  10. perform on a stage or theater

Other definitions of act

What does act also mean?


  1. Australian Capital Territory, a federal territory of Australia.
  2. A certain standardized college admissions test in the United States, originally called the American College Test.


Act were a short-lived synthpop group signed to ZTT Records in the late 1980s, and comprising British musician Thomas Leer and German ex-Propaganda vocalist Claudia Brücken. Besides synthpop and disco, the group were also influenced by psychedelic rock and musical theatre. Lyrically, their songs tended to be concerned with decadence and the moral bankruptcy. The band dissolved shortly after the release of their first album Laughter, Tears and Rage in 1988.

Phrases with Act

Phrases starting with the word Act:

  1. ACT.
  2. act as
  3. act on
  4. act up
  5. act out
  6. act upon
  7. Act a Fool
  8. act of god

Phrases ending with the word Act:

  1. sex act
  2. rico act
  3. riot act
  4. class act
  5. Dutch Act
  6. Genus Act
  7. stamp act
  8. Double act
  9. In the Act
  10. Sexual Act

Other phrases containing the word Act:

  1. to act as
  2. to act on

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Act

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Google previewSpeech Act Phenomenology (2012)

by R.L. Laningan

The speech act is a conscious experience of appearance which carries the horizontal modality of existence as...

Google previewReadings in Argumentation (1992)

by William L. Benoit, Dale Hample

The illocutionary act is the utterance of a sentence with a particular force (e.g., offer, promise, request).

Google previewThe Structure of Learning Processes (1996)

by Jaan Valsiner, Hans-Georg Voss

An act is an individual, concrete, particular event.

Google previewThe Performative Nature and Function of Isaiah 40-55 (2006)

by Jim W. Adams

The locutionary act is the act of saying something as with the constative. It "is roughly equivalent to uttering a...

Thus, "the illocutionary act is a conventional act: an act done as conforming to a convention."18 As with Austin's discussion on ...

Google previewExistence as Dialectical Tension (2012)

A Study of the First Philosophy of W. E. Hocking by A.R. Luther

For Professor Hocking a sinful act is a deficiency of interpretation. A deeper grasp of the nature of sin can be obtained...

Google previewModel Checking Software (2004)

11th International SPIN Workshop, Barcelona, Spain, April 1-3, 2004, Proceedings by Susanne Graf, Laurent Mounier

A timed automaton over Act is a tuple A = (Q, q0, X, Act, E) where: Q is a finite...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: History of Education in America by John D. Pulliam, ISBN 9780131705463 (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is a United States federal statute enacted April 11, 1965. The Act is an extensive statute which funds primary and secondary education, while...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy: A-J (2003)

by Jack Rabin

INTRODUCTION The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA) is considered a watershed event in the evolution of federal personnel administration.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Police Science (2007)

by Jack R. Greene

The PATRIOT Act provoked great controversy from privacy advocates, civil libertarians, politicians, and others. They saw the act as threatening some Constitutional protections and giving too much power to the government. As time passed ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Great Depression, 1929-1940 (2001)

by James Stuart Olson

history, including the Emergency Banking Act,* the Economy Act,* the Civilian Conservation Corps* Reforestation Relief Act, the Federal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Rape (2004)

by Merril D. Smith

CAMPUS SECURITY ACT (CLERY ACT) education at meetings in dormitories and Greek houses and in seminars for student organizations, especially athletic teams and fraternities. When an assault does occur, the strategy most often ...

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Usage statistics about act

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Usage statistics for the noun act:

spoken English19.46%written English80.54% imaginative writing19.04%informational writing80.96%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb act:


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Quotes about Act

The Italians are wise before the act, the Germans in the act, the French after the act.
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Scrabble value of A1C3T1

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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