The chance to avoid it was offered to us, plainly and clearly, and we failed to act upon it.
Now, for all of us, it is time to act upon what we have said before.
Our allies in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and, yes, Israel, should act upon this resolution.
Here are a few suggestions that he can act upon—beginning now.
Delaine must be told that the story was true, and would no doubt think himself entitled to act upon it.
And in this assurance, I will leave them, I think, to act upon their own heads.
His bodily health is improving wonderfully, and at last that must act upon his mind.
Nor fire, nor sword bring I: only this I say: Will and do; resolve and act upon your resolution.
We think so, and hope to see the day when the whole world will acknowledge its justness, and act upon its principle.
Agesilaus resolved to act upon it, and despatched Lysander to the Hellespont.
late 14c., "a thing done," from Old French acte "(official) document," and directly from Latin actus "a doing, a driving, impulse; a part in a play, act," and actum "a thing done," originally a legal term, both from agere "to do, set in motion, drive, urge, chase, stir up," from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move" (cf. Greek agein "to lead, guide, drive, carry off," agon "assembly, contest in the games," agogos "leader;" Sanskrit ajati "drives," ajirah "moving, active;" Old Norse aka "to drive;" Middle Irish ag "battle").
Theatrical ("part of a play," 1510s) and legislative (early 15c.) senses of the word also were in Latin. Meaning "display of exaggerated behavior" is from 1928. In the act "in the process" is from 1590s, perhaps originally from the 16c. sense of the act as "sexual intercourse." Act of God "uncontrollable natural force" recorded by 1726.
An act of God is an accident which arises from a cause which operates without interference or aid from man (1 Pars. on Cont. 635); the loss arising wherefrom cannot be guarded against by the ordinary exertions of human skill and prudence so as to prevent its effect. [William Wait, "General Principles of the Law," Albany, 1879]
mid-15c., "to act upon or adjudicate" a legal case; 1590s in the theatrical sense, from Latin actus, past participle of agere (see act (n.)). To act up "be unruly" is from 1903. To act out "behave anti-socially" (1974) is from psychiatric sense of "expressing one's unconscious impulses or desires." Related: Acted; acting.