Meaning of “act as sth” in the English Dictionary

"act as sth" in British English

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act as sth

phrasal verb with act uk /ækt/ us /ækt/ verb

B2 to do a particular job, especially one that you do not normally do:

He was asked to act as an adviser on the project.

to have a particular effect:

Some people say that capital punishment acts as a deterrent.

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  • Abraham was able to act as interpreter and interlocutor for our group.
  • The former president has agreed to act as an intermediary between the government and the rebels.
  • The company pays £220 a week for people to act as couriers.
  • Several parents acted as chaperones for the school disco.
  • She acted as adjudicator in the dispute.

act as sth

phrasal verb with act uk /ækt/ us /ækt/ verb

B2 to do a particular job, especially one that you do not normally do:

He was asked to act as an adviser on the project.

to have a particular effect:

Some people say that capital punishment acts as a deterrent.

More examples

  • Abraham was able to act as interpreter and interlocutor for our group.
  • The former president has agreed to act as an intermediary between the government and the rebels.
  • The company pays £220 a week for people to act as couriers.
  • Several parents acted as chaperones for the school disco.
  • She acted as adjudicator in the dispute.

(Definition of “act as sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"act as sth" in Business English

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act as sth

phrasal verb with act uk /ækt/ us verb [ I ]

to do a particular job, especially one that you do not normally do:

She has been asked to act as a negotiator on behalf of the factory.

to have a particular effect:

The launch of the new investment trust will act as a support for this market.

(Definition of “act as sth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)