Translation of "act" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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actverb

uk /ækt/ us /ækt/

act verb (BEHAVE)

[ I ] to behave in the stated way

做事;行动;起作用,见效;举止,表现
Don't be so silly - you're acting like a child! 别冒傻气了——你的行为简直就像个孩子!
He acted as if he'd never met me before. 他摆出一副好像以前从没见过我的样子。

More examples

  • When he saw the crash, the young boy acted very responsibly and called the police.

act verb (DO SOMETHING)

B2 [ I ] to do something for a particular purpose or to solve a problem

做事;行动;起作用,见效;举止,表现
[ + to infinitive ] Engineers acted quickly to repair the damaged pipes. 技师们马上采取行动维修损毁的管道。
She acted without thinking. 她不加思索就采取了行动。
Who is acting for/on behalf of (= who is representing) the defendant? 谁是被告的代理律师?
He never acts on other people's advice (= does what other people suggest). 他一意孤行,从不听取别人的建议。
Acting on impulse (= without thinking first) can get you into a lot of trouble. 意气用事,后患无穷。

More examples

  • You'll have to act fast or you will lose your chance.
  • It's very important to act now before the problem gets really serious.
  • The court decided that the companies acted illegally.
  • Despite what you think, I'm only acting in your best interests .

act verb (PERFORM)

B1 [ I or T ] to perform a part in a film, play, etc.

演出;扮演,饰演
Ellis Pike was chosen to act the part of the lawyer in the film. 埃利斯•帕克被选中在影片中扮演律师这一角色。
Have you ever acted in a play before? 你以前演过戏剧吗?
act the fool, martyr, etc.

to behave in a particular, usually bad, way

(通常指装腔作势地)装傻/作出一副假圣人的样子等
Why are you always acting the fool? 你为什么老装傻?

More examples

  • Try to act confidently, even if you feel nervous.
  • She's married, but she doesn't act as if she is, if you see what I mean.
  • Abraham was able to act as interpreter for our group.
  • Stop acting the fool, I'm trying to talk to you.
  • The whole play was appallingly acted.

Phrasal verb(s)

actnoun

uk /ækt/ us /ækt/

act noun (THING DONE)

B2 [ C ] something that you do

行为,作为,所做之事
an act of aggression/bravery/madness/terrorism 侵略行径/勇敢的行为/疯狂的举动/恐怖主义行径
a kind/thoughtless/selfish act 善举/轻率的举动/自私的行为
The simple act of telling someone about a problem can help. 就算是仅仅将问题对他人倾吐也会对自己起到帮助。
Primitive people regarded storms as an act of God. 原始人认为风暴是神的所为。
artistic representations of the sexual act 性行为本身对她来说无所谓。

More examples

  • His murder was an outrageous and barbarous act.
  • The word 'flight' has two different meanings: a plane journey, and the act of running away.
  • The law specifically forbids acts of this kind.
  • The George Cross is awarded to British civilians for acts of great bravery.
  • It was an act of extraordinary irresponsibility to leave someone who wasn't properly trained in charge of the machine.

act noun (PERFORMANCE)

C2 [ S ] behaviour that hides your real feelings or intentions

装模作样;装腔作势;假装
Was she really upset or was that just an act? 她是真生气还是只装装样子?

[ C ] a person or group that performs a short piece in a show, or the piece that they perform.

一段表演的表演者(或表演组合);一段表演
a comedy/juggling/trapeze act 一段喜剧/杂耍/高空秋千表演节目
Our next act is a very talented young musician. 表演下一个节目的是一位才华横溢的年轻音乐家。

B1 [ C ] a part of a play or opera

(戏剧或歌剧的)幕
Shakespeare's plays were written in five acts. 莎士比亚的戏剧是按五幕剧格式创作的。
The hero does not enter until the second act/Act Two. 男主角直到第二幕才出场。

More examples

  • The main characters are offstage for most of the second act.
  • The best part of his stage act was a brilliant Elvis Presley impression.
  • I saw the worst comedy act I've ever seen last night - it was absolutely dreadful!
  • He put on an act of bravery, but I know that he was absolutely terrified.
  • They may seem to be very polite and friendly, but it's only an act.

act noun (LAW)

[ C ] specialized law a law or formal decision made by a parliament or other group of people who make the laws for their country

法案;法令
an Act of Parliament 议会法案
the Betting and Gaming Act 《赌博法》
Almost two hundred suspects were detained in the UK last year under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. 根据《防止恐怖主义法》,去年英国有将近200名嫌疑人被拘留。
The state legislature passed an act banning the sale of automatic weapons. 州议会通过了一项禁止销售自动武器的法令。

(Translation of “act” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)