To act as
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.

{to act up}, to misbehave [1913 Webster]


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  • To act for — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To act on — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • to act up — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To act up to — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To act a part — 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To act the part of — 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To make as if — Make Make (m[=a]k), v. i. 1. To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; often in the phrase to meddle or make. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A scurvy, jack a nape priest to meddle or make. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To make as though — Make Make (m[=a]k), v. i. 1. To act in a certain manner; to have to do; to manage; to interfere; to be active; often in the phrase to meddle or make. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A scurvy, jack a nape priest to meddle or make. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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