To act a part


To act a part
Act Act, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acting}.] [L. actus, p. p. of agere to drive, lead, do; but influenced by E. act, n.] 1. To move to action; to actuate; to animate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To perform; to execute; to do. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

That we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

Uplifted hands that at convenient times Could act extortion and the worst of crimes. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

3. To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage. [1913 Webster]

4. To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero. [1913 Webster]

5. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate. [1913 Webster]

With acted fear the villain thus pursued. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{To act a part}, to sustain the part of one of the characters in a play; hence, to simulate; to dissemble.

{To act the part of}, to take the character of; to fulfill the duties of. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • act a part — index impersonate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • act the part of — index displace (replace), exemplify, impersonate, pose (impersonate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • act the part — take part in, participate; play a role, act a role …   English contemporary dictionary

  • act the part — phrasal 1. : to assume the role : perform the function or duties used with of temporarily acting the part of janitor has the property of acting the part of an acid 2. : to exhibit the qualities that characteristically accompany a particular role… …   Useful english dictionary

  • act a part — phrasal 1. : to perform one of the roles in a play 2. : pretend, feign, dissemble one would never guess that this paragon of virtue was acting a part …   Useful english dictionary

  • act a part — sustain the role of a character in a play; simulate …   English contemporary dictionary

  • To act the part of — Act Act, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Acted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Acting}.] [L. actus, p. p. of agere to drive, lead, do; but influenced by E. act, n.] 1. To move to action; to actuate; to animate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Self love, the spring of motion, acts …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Part — (p[aum]rt), n. [F. part, L. pars, gen. partis; cf. parere to bring forth, produce. Cf. {Parent}, {Depart}, {Parcel}, {Partner}, {Party}, {Portion}.] 1. One of the portions, equal or unequal, into which anything is divided, or regarded as divided; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Part and parcel — Part Part (p[aum]rt), n. [F. part, L. pars, gen. partis; cf. parere to bring forth, produce. Cf. {Parent}, {Depart}, {Parcel}, {Partner}, {Party}, {Portion}.] 1. One of the portions, equal or unequal, into which anything is divided, or regarded… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Part of speech — Part Part (p[aum]rt), n. [F. part, L. pars, gen. partis; cf. parere to bring forth, produce. Cf. {Parent}, {Depart}, {Parcel}, {Partner}, {Party}, {Portion}.] 1. One of the portions, equal or unequal, into which anything is divided, or regarded… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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