ACTS Definition - ACTS Meaning

1 : a New Testament book describing the development of the early church from Christ's Ascension to Paul's sojourn at Rome [syn: {Acts of the Apostles}, {Acts}]

2 : a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body [syn: {act}, {enactment}]

3 : something that people do or cause to happen [syn: {act}, {deed}, {human action}, {human activity}]

4 : a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet [syn: {act}]

5 : a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did" [syn: {act}, {routine}, {number}, {turn}, {bit}]

6 : a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit" [syn: {act}]

7 : 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" [syn: {act}, {move}]

8 : behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "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" [syn: {act}, {behave}, {do}]

9 : play a role or part; "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" [syn: {act}, {play}, {represent}]

10 : discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?" [syn: {act}]

11 : pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad" [syn: {act}, {play}, {act as}]

12 : be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well" [syn: {act}]

13 : have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected; "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" [syn: {work}, {act}]

14 : be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure [syn: {act}]

15 : behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting" [syn: {dissemble}, {pretend}, {act}]

16 : perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'" [syn: {act}, {play}, {roleplay}, {playact}]