Act, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Acted; p. pr. & vb. n. Acting.]
1. To move to action; to actuate; to animate. [Obs.]
Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul. --Pope.
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. --Barrow.
Uplifted hands that at convenient times
Could act extortion and the worst of crimes. --Cowper.
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. --Dryden.
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.
1. Operating in any way.
2. Doing duty for another; officiating; as, an acting superintendent.
adj : serving temporarily especially as a substitute; "the acting
president" [syn: acting(a)]
n : the performance of a part or role in a drama [syn: playing,