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German translation of “act”

act

verb /ӕkt/
to do something
handeln
It’s time the government acted to lower taxes.
to behave
sich verhalten
He acted foolishly at the meeting.
to perform (a part) in a play
spielen
He has acted (the part of Romeo) on many occasions I thought he was dying, but he was only acting (= pretending).
acting adjective temporarily carrying out the duties of
amtierend
He is acting president of the society.
actor noun (feminine also actress) a performer in a play.
der/die Schauspieler(in)
act as to do the work or duties of
fungieren als
He acts as head of department when his boss is away.
act on to do something following the advice etc of someone
folgen
I am acting on the advice of my lawyer.
to have an effect on
wirken auf
Certain acids act on metal.
act on behalf of / act for to do something for (someone else); to act as the representative of (someone)
vertreten
My lawyer is acting on my behalf He is also acting on behalf of my mother She is acting for the headmaster in his absence.
in the act (of) at the exact moment (of doing something)
auf frischer Tat
He was caught in the act (of stealing my car).
put on an act to pretend
Theater spielen
I thought she had hurt herself but she was only putting on an act.
(Definition of act from the Password English-German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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