- 1 1.1 (take action, do something) I'm acting on behalf of my clientwe must act nowactúo en representación de mi clientetenemos que tomar medidas inmediatamenteExample sentences1.2 (function, work)
(drug/chemical)it will take a while to acthacer efectotardará un rato en hacer efectoExample sentences
- 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.
Example sentences1.3 (serve) See examples: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.
assomethingthis will act as a warningservir dealgoshe will act as interpreteresto servirá de advertenciahará 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)they acted irresponsiblycomportarsejust act as if nothing had happenedactuaron or se comportaron de forma irresponsablesorry, I acted like a fool stop acting like a child!haz como si no hubiera pasado nadashe always acts very polite toward us [colloquial]¡no seas infantil!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)she's always wanted to actser actor/actriz3.2 (pretend) See examples: he acted all nonchalant [colloquial]siempre ha querido ser actrizdon't act innocent/dumb with me!hizo como si no le importara¡no te hagas el inocente/tonto conmigo!Example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 (perform) the play was very well acted1.2 (behave like, play role of)la obra estuvo muy bien interpretada or actuadait's no use acting the innocenthacersees 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 actan act of aggressionfue una locura/un acto de valentíaan act of treasonuna agresiónthe government's latest act was to free the prisonersuna traicióndestroying the animal was an act of kindnessla última acción del gobierno fue liberar a los prisionerosthese acts of violence will not go unpunishedsacrificar al animal fue un acto piadosomy first act was to …estos actos de violencia no quedarán impunesby an act of God (Law)lo primero que hice fue …the Acts of the Apostlespor caso fortuitopor acto de la naturalezaI was just in the act of writing to youlos Hechos de los Apóstolesto catch somebody in the actprecisamente te estaba escribiendoagarrar or (especially Spain) coger a alguien con las manos en la masasorprender 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/Congressto pass an actuna ley aprobada por el Parlamento/Congresoaprobar una ley
- 3 3.1 (division of play) a one-act playa play in three acts 3.2 (routine) a comedy/juggling actuna obra de teatro de un solo actoit's time for the government to change its actun número cómico/de malabarismoto be a hard o difficult act to followya es hora de que el gobierno cambie su enfoqueto do a disappearing o vanishing actser difícil de igualarto get into o in on the actesfumarse como por arte de magiato get one's act togethermeterse en el asuntoto smarten up one's actorganizarsehacer 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.
- 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.
- 1.1 (follow)
- she acted out what she had seen
- (cause trouble) [colloquial]
- → act on
Cultural Note: ACT - American College Test
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in Pakistan
Find out how to write letters in Spanish, including advice on greetings, layout, endings...
In some Andean countries, particularly Chile, onces is a light meal eaten between five and six p.m., the equivalent of "afternoon tea" in Britain. In Colombia, on the other hand, onces is a light snack eaten between breakfast and lunch. It is also known as mediasnueves.