act upon

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Verb1.act upon - have and exert influence or effectact upon - have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
prejudice, prepossess - influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
imprint, form - establish or impress firmly in the mind; "We imprint our ideas onto our children"
militate - have force or influence; bring about an effect or change; "Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed"
manipulate, pull strings, pull wires - influence or control shrewdly or deviously; "He manipulated public opinion in his favor"
colour, color - modify or bias; "His political ideas color his lectures"
swing over, swing - influence decisively; "This action swung many votes over to his side"
blackjack, blackmail, pressure - exert pressure on someone through threats
persuade, sway, carry - win approval or support for; "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters"
get at - influence by corruption
fix - influence an event or its outcome by illegal means; "fix a race"
dominate - be in control; "Her husband completely dominates her"
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But then I must have no fractions; I cannot divide my troop into two, and act upon two points, at once, without another self, who -- But what is the use of acting upon two points, as we have only one man to take?
I was beginning to relent towards my wretched partner; to pity his forlorn, comfortless condition, unalleviated as it is by the consolations of intellectual resources and the answer of a good conscience towards God; and to think I ought to sacrifice my pride, and renew my efforts once again to make his home agreeable and lead him back to the path of virtue; not by false professions of love, and not by pretended remorse, but by mitigating my habitual coldness of manner, and commuting my frigid civility into kindness wherever an opportunity occurred; and not only was I beginning to think so, but I had already begun to act upon the thought - and what was the result?
They are very importantand sorry I am that you cannot feel them sufficiently to act upon them.
"Possibly there are some who believe it," said Grandfather; "but they have not so much power to act upon their belief as the magistrates and ministers had in the days of Roger Williams.
But the plan he had suggested struck me as one which might possibly be accomplished, and I resolved to act upon it as speedily as possible.
I was not long in forming the resolution, nor slow to act upon it.
But when he attempted to act upon that very sensible decision a burly dog came bowsing out and disputed his right.
This belief enables us to act upon the impulse to inflict pain, while believing that we are acting upon the desire to lead sinners to repentance.
It will act upon the basic fact that WHEREVER THERE IS INTERDEPENDENCE, THERE IS BOUND TO BE TELEPHONY; and it will therefore prepare maps of interdependence, showing the widely scattered groups of industry and finance, and the lines that weave them into a pattern of national cooperation.
After a moment's hesitation she decided, although she seldom acted upon impulse, to act upon this one, and turned down a side street and found Mary's door.
Think over Mother's preachment, act upon it if it seems good, and God bless you all."
The Home Affairs Ministry must act upon Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin's allegation that he was assaulted by a warden at the Kajang Prison while seeking a stay of his sentence for sedition, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.