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ACT

1.
Trademark. a standardized college admissions test developed by ACT, Inc., measuring English, mathematics, reading, and science skills: originally an abbreviation of American College Testing/American College Test.
Compare SAT.
2.
Association of Classroom Teachers.
3.
Australian Capital Territory.
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British Dictionary definitions for american college test

act

/ækt/
noun
1.
something done or performed; a deed
2.
the performance of some physical or mental process; action
3.
(capital when part of a name) the formally codified result of deliberation by a legislative body; a law, edict, decree, statute, etc
4.
(often pl) a formal written record of transactions, proceedings, etc, as of a society, committee, or legislative body
5.
a major division of a dramatic work
6.
  1. a short performance of skill, a comic sketch, dance, etc, esp one that is part of a programme of light entertainment
  2. those giving such a performance
7.
an assumed attitude or pose, esp one intended to impress
8.
(philosophy) an occurrence effected by the volition of a human agent, usually opposed at least as regards its explanation to one which is causally determined Compare event (sense 4)
verb
9.
(intransitive) to do something; carry out an action
10.
(intransitive) to function in a specified way; operate; react: his mind acted quickly
11.
to perform (a part or role) in a play, etc
12.
(transitive) to present (a play, etc) on stage
13.
(intransitive; usually foll by for or as) to be a substitute (for); function in place (of)
14.
(intransitive) foll by as. to serve the function or purpose (of): the glass acted as protection
15.
(intransitive) to conduct oneself or behave (as if one were): she usually acts like a lady
16.
(intransitive) to behave in an unnatural or affected way
17.
(copula) to pose as; play the part of: to act the fool
18.
(copula) to behave in a manner appropriate to (esp in the phrase act one's age)
19.
(copula) (not standard) to seem or pretend to be: to act tired
20.
clean up one's act, to start to behave in a responsible manner
21.
(informal) get in on the act, to become involved in a profitable undertaking or advantageous situation in order to share in the benefits
22.
(informal) get one's act together, to become organized or prepared
See also act on, act out, act up
Derived Forms
actable, adjective
actability, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin actus a doing, performance, and actum a thing done, from the past participle of agere to do

ACT1

abbreviation
1.
Australian Capital Territory
2.
(formerly in Britain) advance corporation tax

ACT2

/ækt/
noun acronym
1.
(in New Zealand) Association of Consumers and Taxpayers: a small political party of the right
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Word Origin and History for american college test

act

n.

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]

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for american college test

act

noun
  1. A display of pretended feeling; an affected pretense: His elaborate grief was just an act
  2. A dramatic mimicking; shtick,takeoff: You oughta see my Brando act
Related Terms

a class act, clean up one's act, do the dutch, go into one's act, sister act


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ACT

  1. a trademark for a standardized college entrance examination; originally American College Test
  2. American Conservatory Theater
  3. Waco Regional Airport
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