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act on


act upon

vb (intr, preposition)
1. to regulate one's behaviour in accordance with (advice, information, etc)
2. to have an effect on (illness, a part of the body, etc)
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Verb1.act on - carry further or advanceact on - carry further or advance; "Can you act on this matter soon?"
run down, check out - trace; "We are running down a few tips"
react, oppose - act against or in opposition to; "She reacts negatively to everything I say"
2.act on - regulate one's behavior in accordance with certain information, ideas, or adviceact on - regulate one's behavior in accordance with certain information, ideas, or advice; "The Founding Fathers acted on certain moral principles"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "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"
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w>act on

vi +prep obj
(= affect)wirken auf (+acc); the yeast acts on the sugar to produce alcoholdie Hefe wirkt auf den Zucker ein und führt zur Alkoholbildung
(= take action on) warning, report, evidencehandeln auf (+acc)hin; suggestion, advicefolgen (+dat); ordershandeln aufgrund von; acting on information received, the police …die Polizei handelte aufgrund der ihr zugegangenen Information und …; acting on an impulseeiner plötzlichen Eingebung gehorchend or folgend; did you act on the letter?haben Sie auf den Brief hin etwas unternommen?
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(ӕkt) verb
1. to do something. It's time the government acted to lower taxes.
2. to behave. He acted foolishly at the meeting.
3. to perform (a part) in a play. He has acted (the part of Romeo) in many theatres; I thought he was dying, but he was only acting (= pretending).
1. something done. Running away is an act of cowardice; He committed many cruel acts.
2. (often with capital) a law. Acts of Parliament.
3. a section of a play. `Hamlet' has five acts.
4. an entertainment. an act called `The Smith Family'.
acting adjective
temporarily carrying out the duties of. He is acting president of the society.
ˈactorfeminine also ˈactress noun
a performer in a play.
act as
to do the work or duties of. He acts as head of department when his boss is away.
act on
1. to do something following the advice etc of someone. I am acting on the advice of my lawyer.
2. to have an effect on. Certain acids act on metal.
act on behalf of / act for
to do something for (someone else); to act as the representative of (someone). My lawyer is acting on my behalf; He is also acting on behalf of my mother; She is acting for the headmaster in his absence.
in the act (of)
at the exact moment (of doing something). He was caught in the act (of stealing my car).
put on an act
to pretend. I thought she had hurt herself but she was only putting on an act.
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