1 thing that sb does
▪ charitable , kind
▪ heroic , selfless
a heroic ~ of bravery
▪ aggressive , barbaric , hostile , provocative , terrorist , violent
He was arrested on suspicion of planning terrorist ~s.
▪ appalling ( esp. BrE ), cowardly , despicable , heinous , horrific , immoral , outrageous , terrible , unspeakable
appalling ~s of cruelty
horrific ~s of violence
▪ criminal , delinquent ( esp. AmE ), illegal , unlawful , wrongful
▪ careless ( esp. BrE ), foolish , impulsive
▪ conscious , deliberate , intentional , positive , voluntary , wilful/willful
The company says that the explosion was no accident but a deliberate ~ of sabotage.
▪ private , public
a private ~ of revenge
▪ creative , dramatic , physical , political , symbolic
▪ homosexual , sex , sexual
random ~s of violence
VERB + ACT
▪ carry out , commit ( law ), perform , perpetrate
images of African Americans performing heroic ~s
charged with committing an ~ of gross indecency
▪ condone , justify
▪ in the ~ of (= while doing something)
▪ ~ of
For Jane, the ~ of writing was always difficult.
▪ an ~ of faith , an ~ of love , an ~ of violence , an ~ of will , an ~ of worship
▪ a hard ~ to follow , a tough ~ to follow
Their contribution will prove a hard ~ to follow.
▪ catch sb in the ~ (of doing sth)
He was caught in the ~ of stealing.
▪ the simple ~ of doing sth , the very ~ of doing sth
The very ~ of writing out your plan clarifies what you need to do.
2 law made by a government
VERB + ACT
▪ bring in ( BrE ), introduce , pass
The Act was passed by a majority of 175 votes to 143.
The old ~ has now been repealed.
▪ breach ( esp. BrE ), contravene ( BrE ), violate ( esp. AmE )
The company had violated the Data Security Act of 2006.
ACT + VERB
▪ become law , come into force ( BrE )
The new Children's Act will become law next year.
▪ contain sth , say sth , state sth
The ~ contains regulations for financial institutions.
▪ apply to sth
The 1995 ~ applies only to food and not to dietary supplements.
▪ require sth
▪ prohibit sth
▪ under an/the ~
He was charged under the Firearms Act.
3 entertainment; entertainers
▪ class ( informal ) (used for sb who does sth well)
Their new player looks a class ~.
comedy double ~ French and Saunders
their reputation as one of rock's most impressive live ~s
▪ main , support
The main ~ will come on at about ten o'clock.
▪ cabaret , circus , comedy , dance , drag , music , musical , novelty , stage , stand-up , variety
The club offers live music and cabaret ~s.
The group is merely a novelty ~ ( = an act that is only interesting because it is strange or unusual ).
▪ hip-hop , pop , rock , etc.
▪ balancing , disappearing , juggling , vanishing ( all figurative )
The cat had done a disappearing ~.
The UN must perform a difficult balancing ~ between the two sides in the conflict.
VERB + ACT
▪ do , perform
He does a little novelty ~.
▪ rehearse , work on
I have to work on my ~.
4 division of a play
▪ final , last
▪ first , second , etc.
▪ in (the) ~
The king is killed in the opening ~.
5 insincere actions
VERB + ACT
▪ put on
Don't take any notice—she's just putting on an ~!
1 do sth/behave
▪ at once , immediately , promptly , quickly , swiftly
The government must ~ promptly to change this law.
▪ appropriately , correctly , legally , properly
▪ dishonestly , illegally , improperly , inappropriately , unconstitutionally , unlawfully , wrongly
The country's highest court ruled that police had ~ed unlawfully.
▪ rationally , reasonably , responsibly , sensibly ( esp. BrE ), wisely
All citizens have a duty to ~ responsibly and show respect to others.
▪ irrationally , irresponsibly , rashly , unreasonably
▪ oddly , strangely , suspiciously
Jenny has been ~ing rather strangely recently.
▪ bravely , heroically
The government was criticized for failing to ~ decisively.
▪ independently , unilaterally
▪ in self-defence/self-defense
The jury accepted that he had ~ed in self-defence/self-defense.
George knew about the letter and ~ed accordingly.
The government needs to ~ against the sale of these dangerous toys.
▪ for sb , on behalf of sb
His lawyers are continuing to ~ for him.
Stop ~ing like a spoiled child.
hormones in the brain that ~ like natural painkillers
Alcohol ~s quickly on the brain.
▪ out of
I suspected that he was ~ing out of malice.
▪ ~ as if
She was ~ing as if she owned the place.
▪ ~ in sb's best interests
We are all ~ing in the best interests of the children.
▪ ~ in good faith
His excuse was that he had ~ed in good faith.
2 perform in a play, film/movie, etc.
▪ brilliantly , well
The play is well ~ed.
▪ badly , poorly
Act is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ actor, actress
Act is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ age , ↑ part , ↑ scene