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act upon

act upon
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to put into action)
a. actuar sobre
Tim always felt the urge to kiss Katie, but he never acted upon it.Tim siempre sentía el impulso de besar a Katie, pero nunca actuó sobre ello.
b. obedecer a
I wish I had acted upon my instincts. I could have prevented this disaster.Ojalá hubiera obedecido a mis instintos. Podría haber impedido este fracaso.
2. (to act based on)
a. actuar sobre la base de
The administrators acted upon the information they received, which they had no reason to doubt.Los administradores actuaron sobre la base de la información que recibieron, de la cual no tenían por qué dudar.
3. (to affect)
a. actuar sobre
This medication acts upon the serotonin receptors.Este medicamento actúa sobre los receptores de serotonina.
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act upon
intransitive verb
1 [+advice, suggestion] seguir; [+order] obedecer
to act upon the evidence obrar de acuerdo con los hechos
2 (affect) afectar (a)
the drug acts upon the brain la droga afecta al cerebro
acids act upon metals
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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