act n

Fr. < L. actus, a doing.

  1. Role; design; purpose.
  2. Agency; doings in life; what one chooses to do.
  3. Accomplishment; achievement; success; skill; [fig.] a person who accomplished much.
  4. Event; happening; [fig.] death.
  5. Dramatic performance; [fig.] curtain, as on a stage.
  6. Reality; fact; occurrence.
  7. Deed; endeavor; action.
  8. Phrase. “In the Act”: as it happens; at the time of occurrence.