- 1 1.1 (take action, do something) I'm acting on behalf of my clientactúo en representación de mi clientewe must act nowtenemos que tomar medidas inmediatamenteExample sentences1.2 (function, work)
(drug/chemical)it will take a while to act
- This body must act now to urge our fellow legislators in the United States Senate to alleviate this crisis.
- In the wake of Silent Spring all industrialised societies acted to reduce pollution.
- We must act before we are punished for moving too slowly.
actuartardará un rato en hacer efectoExample sentences
Example sentences1.3 (serve)to act
- Police believe their presence also acts as a deterrent against other crimes.
- Jody acts as a foster mum and he had to hand feed the four every three hours for the first four days.
- The forum is also looking for volunteers to act as rangers along the trail.
- Thus, the competition between monovalent and divalent cations acts only on the DNA sites and does not act on the mica sites.
- Drug use was pandemic at these shows because drugs act to trigger the transformation into the private self.
- The scientists further found that the crumpled ball displayed a phenomenon known as hysteresis, in which the effect of forces acting upon an object lags behind its cause.
assomethingservirthis will act as a warning dealgoesto servirá de advertenciashe will act as interpreterhará de intérpreteExample sentences1.4
also: acting present participle(chairman/director/head)
- According to the new regulations, a representative who acts on behalf of visa-seekers must be authorised and could be an immigration consultant with good standing in the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants.
- It is about time the party stopped its pretence of acting on behalf of all the people when the only people it represents are the well off, big business and the privileged.
- The first stages of a High Court hearing will be heard later this month involving a Dublin law firm acting on behalf of up to 12 individual clients.
- 2 (behave)comportarsethey acted irresponsibly
actuaractuaron or se comportaron de forma irresponsablejust act as if nothing had happenedhaz como si no hubiera pasado nadasorry, I acted like a fool stop acting like a child!¡no seas infantil!she always acts very polite toward us [colloquial]siempre es muy cortés con nosotrosExample sentences
- It seems to me like women have to grin and bear a lot, and still feel pressure to act like saintly selfless birth goddesses.
- Their main function is to act like an annoying salesperson who wouldn't take no for an answer.
- In order to acclimate him to the wild, Dolittle must teach him the ways of nature and how to act like a real bear.
- 3 3.1 (perform)(as profession) ser actor/actrizshe's always wanted to actsiempre ha querido ser actrizExample sentences3.2 (pretend)he acted all nonchalant [colloquial]
hizo como si no le importaradon't act innocent/dumb with me!¡no te hagas el inocente/tonto conmigo!
- He is still afraid of accepting film roles, despite having acted in more than 300 films over the past 29 years.
- He has also acted in a prominent role in a Telugu film.
- Boorman, son of the director John Boorman, had acted in 24 films since a childhood role in Deliverance in 1972.
- 2 (behave like, play role of)hacerseit's no use acting the innocentes inútil que te hagas el inocenteExample sentences
- She'd planned to act dumb and pretend she'd never known he was there.
- So the suspicion remains that his main desire is merely to appear to be acting tough - whether or not what he suggests will make any difference.
- He acted shocked then pretended to weep.
- 1 (deed) it was a foolish/brave actfue una locura/un acto de valentíaan act of aggressionuna agresiónan act of treasonuna traiciónthe government's latest act was to free the prisonersla última acción del gobierno fue liberar a los prisionerosdestroying the animal was an act of kindnesssacrificar al animal fue un acto piadosothese acts of violence will not go unpunishedestos actos de violencia no quedarán impunesmy first act was to …lo primero que hice fue …by an act of God (Law)por caso fortuitothe Acts of the Apostles
por acto de la naturalezalos Hechos de los ApóstolesI was just in the act of writing to youprecisamente te estaba escribiendoto catch somebody in the actagarrar or (especially Spain) coger a alguien con las manos en la masa
sorprender a alguien in fragantiExample sentences
- The bombings were the act of criminal extremists.
- Witnesses to the act of criminal genius called police who, so far, have only charged the man with theft.
- Transgression of this boundary was the act of a criminal and a heroic nature.
- 2 (law) an act of Parliament/Congressuna ley aprobada por el Parlamento/Congresoto pass an actaprobar una ley
- 3 3.1 (division of play) a one-act playuna obra de teatro de un solo actoa play in three actsExample sentences3.2 (routine) a comedy/juggling act
un número cómico/de malabarismoit's time for the government to change its actya es hora de que el gobierno cambie su enfoqueto be a hard o difficult act to followser difícil de igualarto do a disappearing o vanishing actesfumarse como por arte de magiato get into o in on the actmeterse en el asuntoto get one's act togetherorganizarseto smarten up one's act
- The play's careful and logical division into five acts (which would have been marked by Intervals in indoor performance) would support this view.
- With a top ticket price of $110, you had better give me more than a one-act ballet stretched into two acts.
- Giselle a ballet in two acts begins at 7.30 pm on Friday, April 1, at The Sands Centre, Carlisle.
hacer las cosas como Dios mandaenmendarseExample sentences
- In the end, I decided to join in with everyone else and dance - it's hard to keep up the sulky act ALL night.
- The kitchen where Willie did his Jamie Oliver act makes the one he'll have to share at college look in need of a visit from environmental health.
- I've brought home a stack of proofs to read this weekend, so started on them on the train home, but did my worryingly regular falling asleep act not long outside London.
- 4 (pretense)it was all a big actera puro cuento or puro teatro [colloquial]to put on an acthacer teatro [colloquial]don't be taken in, he's just putting on an act
- 1 (follow)
- she acted out what she had seen
- (cause trouble) [colloquial]
- → act on
(orders)until the problem is recognized and acted on …
hasta que se reconozca el problema y se actúe or se proceda en consecuencia …acting on information received, the police made two arrests
actuando sobre la base de información recibida, la policía realizó dos arrestosshe took a decision, but failed to act on it
tomó una decisión pero no obró en consecuencia2 (affect)
(drug/chemical/force)the drug acts on the nervous system
el fármaco actúa sobre el sistema nervioso
nos hizo una demostración de lo que había vistothe drama was acted out before our eyes
la tragedia ocurrió or se desarrolló ante nuestros propios ojos
(child/machine/car)my back's been acting up again
dar guerra [colloquial]
dar guerra [colloquial]
la espalda me ha estado fastidiando otra vez [colloquial]
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Cultural Note: ACT - American College Test
Una prueba que los estudiantes de la mayoría de los estados que forman Estados Unidos deben aprobar para ser admitidos en la universidad. Normalmente tiene lugar al final de la → high school y cubre un número de materias principales, p.ej. inglés y matemáticas.