What does ‘act’ mean?

The word ‘act’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to take action and behave in a certain way.

For example:

  • We need to act now if we want to save the planet. (take action)
  • The children are acting silly. (behaving)

​Act is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is acted.​

phrasal verbs with act

Phrasal verbs with ‘act’ include:

  • Act as (represent)
  • Act for (represent)
  • Act on/upon (persue)
  • Act out (perform)
  • Act up (misbehave)
phrasal verbs with act

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘act’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs list - act as
phrasal verbs list - act for
phrasal verbs list - act on/upon
phrasal verbs list - act out
phrasal verbs list - act up

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with act below.

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