act noun Meaning in Cambridge Learner Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "act" - Learner English Dictionary

See all translations

act

noun
 
 
/ækt/
DO [C] B2 something that someone does: an act of terrorism/kindnessActing and actsDealing with things or people
LAW [C] a law made by a government: an act of Congress/ParliamentLegislation and law-makingRules and laws
THEATRE [C] B1 one of the parts a play is divided into: Her character doesn't appear until Act 2.Parts of plays, shows and films
PERFORMERS [C] one or several performers who perform for a short while in a show: a comedy double act Actors and performersSpectacles and performances
FALSE BEHAVIOUR [no plural] behaviour that hides your real feelings or intentions: Was she really upset or was that just an act?Faking and pretending
in the act (of doing sth) doing something wrong: I caught him in the act of opening one of my letters.Acting and actsDealing with things or people
(Definition of act noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “act” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
lap

to go past someone in a race who has been round the track one less time than you

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More