how to pronounce act


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act is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of act in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… first is the Housing Act of 1937 this …”

meanings of act


  1. A performer or performers in a show.
  2. A formal or official record of something done.
  3. A division of a theatrical performance.
  4. A display of behaviour meant to deceive.
  5. The process of doing something.
  6. A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.
  7. Any organized activity.
  8. Actuality.
  9. A product of a legislative body, a statute.
  10. An instance of a certain standardized college admissions test in the United States, originally called the American College Test.
  11. Something done once and for all, as distinguished from a work.
  12. A display of behaviour.
  13. Something done, a deed.


  1. Of a play: to be acted out (well or badly).
  2. To feign.
  3. To do something.
  4. To behave in a certain manner for an indefinite length of time.
  5. To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).
  6. To do (something); to perform.
  7. To move to action; to actuate; to animate.
  8. To play (a role).
  9. To do something that causes a change binding on the doer.
  10. To convey an appearance of being.
  11. To have an effect (on).
  12. To perform a theatrical role.


  1. Initialism of Australian Capital Territory, a federal territory of Australia.
  2. Initialism of American College Test.

act frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word act occurs in english on average 143.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics act can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that act can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) leisure and entertainment;

4) people, society, and culture;

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