a particular thing that sb does
a law that has been passed by a parliament
one of the main divisions of a play, an opera, etc.
one of several short pieces of entertainment in a show
a performer or group of musicians
a way of behaving that is not sincere but is intended to have a particular effect on others
behave in a particular way
pretend by your behaviour to be a particular type of person
pretend by your behaviour to be a particular type in a play or film〔movie〕
perform a particular role or function; start to have an effect
"he did his act three times every evening"
"she had a catchy little routine"
"it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
"he put on quite an act for her benefit"
"think before you act"
"We must move quickly"
"The governor should act on the new energy bill"
"The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
"You should act like an adult"
"Don't behave like a fool"
"What makes her do this way?"
"The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
"Gielgud played Hamlet"
"She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"
"She played the servant to her husband's master"
"She acts as the chair"
"In what capacity are you acting?"
"He acted the idiot"
"She plays deaf when the news are bad"
"This scene acts well"
"The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"
"How does your idea work in practice?"
"This method doesn't work"
"The breaks of my new car act quickly"
"The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"
"She's just acting"
"She acts in this play"
"He acted in `Julius Caesar'"
"I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
Victorious deeds Flam'd in my heart, heroic acts.
Had Satan been able to have acted anything by force.
A criminal was caught in the act.
He denies all guilt, even though he was caught in the act.
他否认所有罪行,即便他是被当场抓住的。 in the act of v-ing
In the act of taking a bath,I heard a knock at the door.
I was in the act of shooting him when I suddenly recognized him.
She stopped in the act of turning and stared at me.
I caught him in the act of reading my private letters.
I photographed them in the act of stealing my car.
The farmer caught the boys in the act of stealing of his apples.
He was caught in the act of breaking into the house.
They acted against the discipline of their school.
I'll act as an interpreter for American tourists.
Sometimes they acted as referees.
He acted as secretary to the board.
A trained dog can act as a guide to a blind person.
Classroom testing most certainly acts as a stimulus to study.
The drugs act as a brake on the spread of the disease.
This kind of tea acts as an aid to digestion.
You speak Greek—will you act as interpreter?
Lawyers acting for the family will issue a statement this morning.
His lawyer acted for him; he did not appear in court himself.
He asked me to act for him at the meeting.
Please act for me during my absence.
Will you please act for me in the matter?
She was wondering how to act to her superior.
Indeed, she acted like a mother to us.
I hope that he will act up to his promise.
You must act up to the contract between us.
What you say means very little unless you act up to it.
The young herdsman briskly mounted a horse that was inclined to act up with an unaccustomed rider.
The lad is fond of acting up with him.
At first he was a little shy in class, but now he acts more natural.
Even elephants have been known to act dead.