There are 3 translations of act in Spanish:

act1

Pronunciation: /ækt/

vi

  • 1 1.1 (take action, do sth) actuar* I'm acting on behalf of my client actúo en representación de mi cliente we must act now tenemos que tomar medidas inmediatamente 1.2 (function, work) [drug/chemical] hacer* efecto, actuar* it will take a while to act tardará un rato en hacer efecto 1.3 (serve) to act as sth servir* de algo this will act as a warning esto servirá de advertencia she will act as interpreter hará de intérprete 1.4
    (acting pres p)
    [chairman/director/head] interino
  • 2 (behave) comportarse, actuar* they acted irresponsibly actuaron or se comportaron de forma irresponsable just act as if nothing had happened haz como si no hubiera pasado nada sorry, I acted like a fool perdón, fui muy tonto or me comporté como un tonto stop acting like a child! ¡no seas infantil! she always acts very polite toward us [colloquial/familiar] siempre es muy cortés con nosotros
  • 3 3.1 (perform) actuar*, trabajar; (as profession) ser* actor/actriz she's always wanted to act siempre ha querido ser actriz 3.2 (pretend) he acted all nonchalant [colloquial/familiar] hizo como si no le importara don't act innocent/dumb with me! ¡no te hagas el inocente/tonto conmigo!

vt

  • 1.1 (perform) [role/part] interpretar, hacer* the play was very well acted la obra estuvo muy bien interpretada or actuada 1.2 (behave like, play role of) hacerse* it's no use acting the innocent es inútil que te hagas el inocente

Phrasal verbs

act for

v + prep + o
(represent) representar

act on

v + prep + o
1.1 (follow) [advice] seguir*; [orders] cumplir 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 arrestos she took a decision, but failed to act on it tomó una decisión pero no obró en consecuencia 1.2 (affect) [drug/chemical/force] actuar* sobre the drug acts on the nervous system el fármaco actúa sobre el sistema nervioso

act out

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
representar she acted out what she had seen nos hizo una demostración de lo que había visto the drama was acted out before our eyes la tragedia ocurrió or se desarrolló ante nuestros propios ojos

act up

v + adv
(cause trouble) [colloquial/familiar] [child/machine/car] dar* guerra [familiar/colloquial] my back's been acting up again la espalda me ha estado fastidiando otra vez [familiar/colloquial]

act upon

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Word of the day caudillo
m
leader …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.

There are 3 translations of act in Spanish:

act2

n

  • 1 (deed) acto (m) it was a foolish/brave act fue una locura/un acto de valentía an act of aggression una agresión an act of treason una traición the government's latest act was to free the prisoners la última acción del gobierno fue liberar a los prisioneros destroying the animal was an act of kindness sacrificar al animal fue un acto piadoso these acts of violence will not go unpunished estos actos de violencia no quedarán impunes my first act was to … lo primero que hice fue … by an act of God [Law] por caso fortuito, por acto de la naturaleza the Acts of the Apostles los Hechos de los Apóstoles I was just in the act of writing to you precisamente te estaba escribiendo to catch sb in the act agarrar or (esp Esp) coger* a algn con las manos en la masa, sorprender a algn in fraganti
  • 2 [Govt] ley (f) an act of Parliament/Congress una ley aprobada por el Parlamento/Congreso to pass an act aprobar* una ley
  • 3 3.1 (division of play) acto (m) a one-act play una obra de teatro de un solo acto a play in three acts una obra en tres actos 3.2 (routine) número (m) a comedy/juggling act un número cómico/de malabarismo it's time for the government to change its act ya es hora de que el gobierno cambie su enfoque to be a hard o difficult act to follow ser* difícil de igualar to do a disappearing o vanishing act esfumarse como por arte de magia to get into o in on the act meterse en el asunto to get one's act together organizarse*, hacer* las cosas como Dios manda to smarten up one's act enmendarse*

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Word of the day caudillo
m
leader …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.

There are 3 translations of act in Spanish:

ACT

n

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Word of the day caudillo
m
leader …
Cultural fact of the day

The most famous celebrations of Holy Week in the Spanish-speaking world are held in Seville. Lay brotherhoods, cofradías, process through the city in huge parades between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Costaleros bear the pasos, huge floats carrying religious figures made of painted wood. Others, nazarenos (Nazarenes) and penitentes (penitents) walk alongside the pasos, in their distinctive costumes. During the processions they sing saetas, flamenco verses mourning Christ's passion. The Seville celebrations date back to the sixteenth century.