It acts upon residence as well as immigration, and its provisions are effective throughout the United States.
You and I act upon one another from without, He acts upon us within.
Whether or not it does work on another body depends on the rigidity of the body it acts upon.
Its machinery is simple, and acts upon the principle just laid down.
This pessimism, he says, acts upon reason as an absurdity, but upon sensation as blasphemy.
This acts upon the blood in such a way as to prevent its coagulation.
He has right feelings and acts upon them, but in cases where there is nothing to provoke the right feeling he falls short.
It also acts upon the oxides of most metals, forming a salt and water.
The man who understands the workings of the Law, acts upon the tender impulses imparted to him, without resistance.
One of his first acts upon coming to the throne was to go publicly to mass.
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.