act
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act(
ahkt
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to take action)
a. actuar
The moment to act is now!¡Ahora es el momento de actuar!
2. (to behave)
a. actuar
He has been acting weird lately.Ha estado actuando de manera extraña ultimamente.
b. comportarse
You just have to act naturally.Simplemente hay que comportarse con naturalidad.
3. (to pretend)
a. hacer
He acted as if he didn't care.Hizo como si no le importara.
4. (to function)
a. actuar
Ordinary painkillers don't act that fast.Los analgésicos normales no actúan tan rápido.
5. (to serve as)
a. servir
The coral reef acts as a barrier.El arrecife de coral sirve de barrera.
6. (to perform a role)
a. actuar
I can't act to save my life!¡No tengo ni idea de actuar!
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (deed)
a. el acto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It was an act of sabotage.Fue un acto de sabotaje.
b. la acción
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
He was unaware of the consequences of his acts.No se daba cuenta de las consecuencias de sus acciones.
8. (legal)
a. la ley
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The act was approved by Parliament.El parlamento aprobó la ley.
9. (entertainment)
a. el acto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of a play)
Many Shakespeare plays are divided into five acts.Muchas de las obras de Shakespeare se dividen en cinco actos.
b. el número
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(performance)
He was rehearsing his act before he went on stage.Estaba ensayando su número antes de salir a escena.
c. el grupo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(band)
We've hired a great act for the reception.Hemos contratado un grupo sensacional para la recepción.
10. (pretense)
a. el teatro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
His crying is just an act.Su llanto es solo teatro.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
11. (to perform a role)
a. hacer
He once acted the part of Joseph in a Nativity play.Una vez hizo el papel de José en una obra de Navidad.
b. interpretar
They needed someone to act the role of Othello.Necesitaban a alguien que interpretara el papel de Otelo.
12. (to behave like)
a. hacerse
She enjoyed acting the lady of the manor.Disfrutaba haciéndose la gran señora.
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act
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (thing done)
a. el acto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
to catch somebody in the actpillar or atrapar a alguien in fraganti
to catch somebody in the act of doing somethingpillar a alguien haciendo algo
to be in the act of doing somethingestar haciendo algo (precisamente)
2. (colloquial)
a.
to get in on the actapuntarse
an act of waruna acción de guerra
3. (law)
a.
act of Godcaso fortuito
4. (in play)
a. el acto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
5. (in cabaret, circus)
a. el número
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
6. (fig)
a.
to put on an acthacer teatro
7. (fig)
a.
it's all an actes puro teatro or pura farsa
8. (fig)
a.
to get one's act togetherorganizarse, ponerse las pilas
9. (law)
a.
of Congress)ley f
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
10. (of actor)
a. interpretar
11. (fig)
a.
he was acting the part of the caring husomebodyandestaba interpretando or haciendo el papel del marido solícito
12. (behave like)
a.
to act the fool or the goathacer el tonto
13. (colloquial)
a.
act your age!¡no seas infantil!
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
14. (take action)
a. actuar
to act for somebodyrepresentar a alguien
to act as secretary/chairpersonactuar or hacer de secretario(a)/presidente(a)
to act as a warning/an incentiveservir de advertencia/incentivo
15. (behave)
a. actuar, comportarse
to act stupidhacerse el tonto
16. (actor)
a. actuar
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act [ækt]
noun
1 (deed) acto (m); acción (f)
to catch sb in the act sorprender a algn en el acto; I was in the act of writing to him justamente le estaba escribiendo
2 (Parl) ley (f)
3 (Teat) (division) acto (m); (performance) número (m)
it's a hard or tough act to follow es muy difícil de igualar
to get into or in on the act introducirse en el asunto; lograr tomar parte
to get one's act together organizarse; arreglárselas
4 (pretence) cuento (m); teatro (m)
to put on an act fingir; hacer teatro (informal)
transitive verb
(Teat) [+play] representar
to act the part of hacer el papel de; he really acted the part la verdad es que daba el papel
He pretended to be my husband and he really acted the part! One of the most unfortunate things for many women directors is that they have to `act the part'
to act the fool hacerse el tonto
intransitive verb
1 (perform) (Teat) hacer teatro; (Cine) hacer cine
I acted in my youth de joven fui actor; she's away acting in the provinces está actuando en provincias
never act with children or animals
to act in a film tener un papel en una película; have you ever acted? ¿has actuado alguna vez?; ¿tienes experiencia como actor?; who's acting in it? ¿quién actúa?
2 (pretend)
he's only acting lo está fingiendo (nada más); to act ill fingirse enfermo
3 (behave) actuar; comportarse
he is acting strangely está actuando or se está comportando de una manera rara; she acted as if she was unwell actuaba or se comportaba como si estuviera enferma
4 (take action) obrar; tomar medidas
to act with caution obrar con precaución; he acted to stop it tomó medidas para impedirlo; now is the time to act hay que ponerse en acción ahora mismo; he declined to act se negó a actuar; he acted for the best hizo lo que mejor le parecía
5 (work)
he was acting as ambassador hacía de embajador; acting in my capacity as chairman en mi calidad de presidente; to act for sb representar a algn
6 (function) [+thing] funcionar
to act as sth servir de algo; it acts as a deterrent sirve para disuadir; sirve de disuasión; it acts as a safety valve funciona como válvula de seguridad
7 (take effect) [+drug] surtir efecto; actuar
the medicine is slow to act la medicina tarda en surtir efecto or actuar; it acts by stimulating the immune system actúa estimulando el sistema inmunológico
modifier
act of contrition (n) acto (m) de contrición
act of faith (n) acto (m) de fe
act of folly (n) locura (f)
act of God (n) (caso (m) de) fuerza (f) mayor
we're not insured against acts of God no estamos asegurados en casos de fuerza mayor or no estamos asegurados contra fuerzas mayores
act of justice (n) acto (m) de justicia
Act of Parliament (n) ley (f) aprobada por el Parlamento; (aprobada por el Parlamento)
A una ley ya aprobada por el Parlamento británico se la denomina Act of Parliament. Antes, cuando todavía es un proyecto de ley (bill), puede ser modificado tanto por la Cámara de los Comunes como por la de los Lores. Si ambas cámaras lo aprueban, se envía al monarca para que dé su aprobación (Royal Assent), aunque esto es una mera formalidad. Tras ello la ley ya es oficialmente un Act of Parliament, y pasa a formar parte de la legislación británica, reemplazando cualquier ley consuetudinaria (common law) que hubiera sobre ese asunto.
note See culture box in entry common.
act of treason (n) traición (f)
an act of treason una traición
act of war (n) acción (f) de guerra
the Acts of the Apostles (n) los Hechos de los Apóstoles
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