To act the part of


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 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.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The Duenna — is a three act comic opera, mostly composed by Thomas Linley the elder and his son, Thomas Linley the younger, to an English language libretto by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. At the time, it was considered one of the most successful operas ever… …   Wikipedia

  • The Sims 3 — Developer(s) The Sims Studio Publisher(s) Electronic Arts …   Wikipedia

  • The Greek Passion (opera) — The Greek Passion (Czech Řecké pašije ) is an opera in four acts by Bohuslav Martinů. The libretto, by the composer, is based on the novel The Greek Passion (or Christ Recrucified ) by Nikos Kazantzakis. The opera exists in two versions. Martinů… …   Wikipedia

  • The Curse of the Jade Scorpion — original poster Directed by Woody Allen Produced by …   Wikipedia

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel — For other uses, see The Scarlet Pimpernel (disambiguation). The Scarlet Pimpernel   …   Wikipedia

  • The Truman Show — Infobox Film name = The Truman Show caption = director = Peter Weir producer = Scott Rudin Andrew Niccol Adam Schroeder Edward S. Feldman writer = Andrew Niccol starring = Jim Carrey Laura Linney Ed Harris Noah Emmerich Natascha McElhone music =… …   Wikipedia

  • The Birdcage — Infobox Film | name = The Birdcage caption = original film poster director = Mike Nichols producer = Mike Nichols writer = Jean Poiret (play) Elaine May starring = Robin Williams Nathan Lane Gene Hackman Dianne Wiest Dan Futterman Calista… …   Wikipedia

  • The Cinema Murder — Infobox Film name = The Cinema Murder image size = caption = director = George D. Baker producer = Cosmopolitan Productions International Film Service writer = Francis Marion E. Phillips Oppenheim, novel narrator = starring = Marion Davies… …   Wikipedia