Definition of Act on

1. Verb. Carry further or advance. "Can you act on this matter soon?"

Exact synonyms: Follow Up On, Pursue
Specialized synonyms: Check Out, Run Down
Generic synonyms: Oppose, React
Derivative terms: Pursuance, Pursuant

2. Verb. Regulate one's behavior in accordance with certain information, ideas, or advice. "The Founding Fathers acted on certain moral principles"
Generic synonyms: Act, Move

Definition of Act on

1. Verb. To act decisively on the basis of information received or deduced. ¹

2. Verb. To take action against something. ¹

3. Verb. (medicine) To affect something. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Act On

acryloyl-CoA reductase
act a fool
act as
act involuntarily
act of Congress
act of God
act of independent significance
act of terrorism
act on (current term)
act one's age
act out
act reflexively
act superior
act up
act upon
acte clair

Literary usage of Act on

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. On War by Carl von Clausewitz, James John Graham, Frederic Natusch Maude (1908)
"(138) Thus the destructive act on both sides, but especially on that of the ... (145) The destructive act on this account naturally strives at certain ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"Congress, therefore, never intended lo act on the reservation contained in the Joint Resolution. No reference is made to that Resolution in the Act of 1871 ..."

3. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1850)
"And be it further enacted, That the duties imposed by this act on wine imported, shall be levied and collected on all wines remaining in the public ..."

4. A Selection of Leading Cases on Various Branches of the Law: With Notes by John William Smith, Richard Henn Collins Collins, Robert George Arbuthnot (1889)
"Effect of act on annuities, ib. Effect of second and third sections of act, ... Effect of act on incorporeal interests, ib. Does not operate on rights of ..."

5. A Treatise on the Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Bank-notes and by John Barnard Byles, Maurice Barnard Byles, Walter John Barnard Byles (1899)
"... and doing such act on such following day shafi clamation. be equivalent to payment of the money or performance of the act on the holiday. Appointment 4. ..."

6. A Treatise on the Law of Executors and Administrators by Edward Vaughan Williams, Roland Lomax Vaughan Williams, Joseph Fitz Randolph, William Talcott (1895)
"... and also, whether a signature below the latter clause, when it runs beneath the conclusion of the will, was a compliance with the act. On the question ..."

7. Prideaux's Precedents in Conveyancing: With Dissertations on Its Law and by Frederick Prideaux, John Whitcombe (1889)
"... (4) by a PERSON appointed by ihe COURT to exercise the POWERS of the act on behalf of an INFANT TENANT in FEE SIMPLE ; (5) by a TENANT FOR LIFE of the ..."

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