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Act \Act\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acting}.] [L. actus, p. p. of agere to drive, lead, do; but influenced by E. act, n.]
     1. To move to action; to actuate; to animate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul.
                                                    --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     2. To perform; to execute; to do. [Archaic]
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              That we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity.           --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

              Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do.
                                                    --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

              Uplifted hands that at convenient times Could act extortion and the worst of crimes.
                                                    --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

     3. To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage. [1913 Webster]

     4. To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero. [1913 Webster]

     5. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.
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              With acted fear the villain thus pursued. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     {To act a part}, to sustain the part of one of the characters in a play; hence, to simulate; to dissemble.

     {To act the part of}, to take the character of; to fulfill the duties of. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Act \Act\ ([a^]kt), n. [L. actus, fr. agere to drive, do: cf. F. acte. See {Agent}.]
     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. [1913 Webster]

              That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love.              --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] Hence, in specific uses: (a) 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. (b) A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done. --Abbott. (c) 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. (d) A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student. [1913 Webster]

     2. A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              The seeds of plants are not at first in act, but in possibility, what they afterward grow to be.
                                                    --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

     3. Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing). "In act to shoot." --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              This woman was taken . . . in the very act. --John viii. 4. [1913 Webster]

     {Act of attainder}. (Law) See {Attainder}.

     {Act of bankruptcy} (Law), an act of a debtor which renders him liable to be adjudged a bankrupt.

     {Act of faith}. (Ch. Hist.) See {Auto-da-F['e]}.

     {Act of God} (Law), an inevitable accident; such extraordinary interruption of the usual course of events as is not to be looked for in advance, and against which ordinary prudence could not guard.

     {Act of grace}, an expression often used to designate an act declaring pardon or amnesty to numerous offenders, as at the beginning of a new reign.

     {Act of indemnity}, a statute passed for the protection of those who have committed some illegal act subjecting them to penalties. --Abbott.

     {Act in pais}, a thing done out of court (anciently, in the country), and not a matter of record. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: See {Action}.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Act \Act\, v. i.
     1. To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              He hangs between, in doubt to act or rest. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     4. To perform on the stage; to represent a character. [1913 Webster]

              To show the world how Garrick did not act. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

     {To act as} or {To act for}, to do the work of; to serve as.

     {To act on}, to regulate one's conduct according to.

     {To act up to}, to equal in action; to fulfill in practice; as, he has acted up to his engagement or his advantages. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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