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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.]

    Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul.

  2. To perform; to execute; to do. [Archaic]

    That we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity.
    --Jer. Taylor.

    Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do.

    Uplifted hands that at convenient times Could act extortion and the worst of crimes.

  3. To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.

  4. To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.

  5. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.

    With acted fear the villain thus pursued.

    To act a part, to sustain the part of one of the characters in a play; hence, to simulate; to dissemble.

    To act the part of, to take the character of; to fulfill the duties of.


vb. (en-past of: act)

Usage examples of "acted".

The latter privilege was deemed to have been abridged by city officials who acted in pursuance of a void ordinance which authorized a director of safety to refuse permits for parades or assemblies on streets or parks whenever he believed riots could thereby be avoided and who forcibly evicted from their city union organizers who sought to use the streets and parks for the aforementioned purposes.

Virginia legislature acted promptly upon this recommendation and appointed a delegation to go to Philadelphia.

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

Congress has not acted upon it and the Courts have had no occasion to adjudicate the point.

From an early date Congress has acted upon the interpretation espoused by Hamilton.

Congressional legislation, thus affords some protection from state legislation inimical to the national commerce, and that in such cases, where Congress has not acted, this Court, and not the state legislature, is under the commerce clause the final arbiter of the competing demands of state and national interests.

Congress States were entitled to enact legislation adapted to the local needs of interstate and foreign commerce, that a pilotage law was of this description, and was, accordingly, constitutionally applicable until Congress acted to the contrary to vessels engaged in the coasting trade.

The act apparently assumed that while a member of the Cabinet acted as President he would retain his Cabinet post.

It cannot be justly said, however, that in so doing they have acted without considerable support from precedent.

Government in Youngstown, assuming that Congress had not acted in the latter case.

State courts have acted, the federal courts will usually leave the prisoner to the usual and orderly procedure of appeal to the Supreme Court.

Whitman thereupon set up the contention that the New Jersey court had acted without jurisdiction inasmuch as the sloop which was the subject matter of the proceedings had been seized outside the county to which, by the statute under which it had acted, its jurisdiction was confined.

It offers itself for belief, and, if believed, it is acted on unless some other belief outweighs it, or some failure of energy stifles the movement at its birth.

The Supreme Court held that there was ample evidence to support the verdict and that the trial court, in following Arkansas procedure, had acted consistently with the Federal Conformity Act.

Court declared that: After a legislative body has fairly and fully investigated and acted, by fixing what it believes to be reasonable rates, the courts cannot step in and say its action shall be set aside because the courts, upon similar investigation, have come to a different conclusion as to the reasonableness of the rates fixed.