Translation of "act" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /ækt/ us /ækt/

B1 to behave in a particular way, usually a bad way

Stop acting like a child!

B1 to perform in a play or movie


to do something to stop a problem

We have to act now to stop the spread of this disease.

Phrasal verb(s)

noun uk /ækt/ us /ækt/

B1 one of the parts of a play


something that someone does

an act of kindness

a law made by a government

an act of Parliament

a way of behaving in which someone pretends to be or feel something

She’s not really upset – it’s just an act.

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


verb /ӕkt/

to do something

It’s time the government acted to lower taxes.

to behave

He acted foolishly at the meeting.

to perform (a part) in a play

actuar, representar, fingir
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

en funciones
He is acting president of the society.
actor noun (feminine also actress)

a performer in a play.

actor; actriz
a film/movie actor.
act as phrasal verb

to do the work or duties of

hacer de, actuar como
He acts as head of department when his boss is away.
act on phrasal verb

to do something following the advice etc of someone

I am acting on the advice of my lawyer.

to have an effect on

tener efectos, producir alteraciones
Certain acids act on metal.
act on behalf of / act for

to do something for (someone else); to act as the representative of (someone)

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.
act out phrasal verb

to demonstrate how something happened by performing it like in a play

He acted out the incident just as he had witnessed it.
act up phrasal verb

(used about a child) to behave badly

Portarse mal
The children were bored and started acting up..
get in on the act

(informal) to become involved in an activity which someone else has started

Originally only a few companies provided this service, but now everybody is trying to get in on the act.
get your act together

(informal) to begin to organize things in a more effective way

Her work improved after she got her act together.
in the act (of)

at the exact moment (of doing something)

in fraganti, con las manos en la masa
He was caught in the act (of stealing my car).
put on an act

to pretend

fingir, hacer la comedia
I thought she had hurt herself, but she was only putting on an act.

(Translation of “act” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)