Act vs. Art

Act vs. Art — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Act and Art

Actnoun

The process of doing or performing something

the act of thinking.

Artnoun

The conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words.

Actnoun

Something done or performed; a deed

a charitable act.

Artnoun

Such activity in the visual or plastic arts

takes classes in art at the college.

Actnoun

(Law) Something done that has legal significance

a criminal act.

Artnoun

Products of this activity; imaginative works considered as a group

art on display in the lobby.

Actnoun

A statute or other law formally adopted by a legislative body

an act of Congress.

Artnoun

A field or category of art, such as music, ballet, or literature.

Actnoun

A formal written record of proceedings or transactions.

Artnoun

A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.

Actnoun

One of the major divisions of a play, opera, or film.

Artnoun

A skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation

the art of negotiation.

Actnoun

A performance or entertainment usually forming part of a longer presentation

a juggling act.a magic act.

Artnoun

arts Artful devices, stratagems, and tricks.

Actnoun

The actor or actors presenting such a performance

joined the act in Phoenix.

Artnoun

Artful contrivance; cunning.

Actnoun

A manifestation of intentional or unintentional insincerity; a pose

put on an act.

Artnoun

(Printing) Illustrative material, especially in contrast to text.

Actverb

To play the part of; assume the dramatic role of

She plans to act Ophelia in summer stock.

Artverb

A second person singular present indicative of be.

Actverb

To perform (a role) on the stage

act the part of the villain.

Artnoun

(uncountable) The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colours, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the senses and emotions, usually specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium.

There is a debate as to whether graffiti is art or vandalism.

Actverb

To behave like or pose as; impersonate

Don't act the fool.

Artnoun

(countable) Skillful creative activity, usually with an aesthetic focus.

She's mastered the art of programming.

Actverb

To behave in a manner suitable for

Act your age.

Artnoun

(uncountable) The study and the product of these processes.

He's at university to study art.

Actverb

To behave or comport oneself

She acts like a born leader.

Artnoun

(uncountable) Aesthetic value.

Her photographs are nice, but there's no art in them.

Actverb

To perform in a dramatic role or roles.

Artnoun

(uncountable) Artwork.

Sotherby's regularly auctions art for millions.

Actverb

To be suitable for theatrical performance

This scene acts well.

Artnoun

(countable) A field or category of art, such as painting, sculpture, music, ballet, or literature.

I'm a great supporter of the arts.

Actverb

To behave affectedly or unnaturally; pretend.

Artnoun

(countable) A nonscientific branch of learning; one of the liberal arts.

Actverb

To appear or seem to be

The dog acted ferocious.

Artnoun

(countable) Skill that is attained by study, practice, or observation.

Actverb

To carry out an action

We acted immediately. The governor has not yet acted on the bill.

Artnoun

Contrivance, scheming, manipulation.

Actverb

To operate or function in a specific way

His mind acts quickly.

Artnoun

the products of human creativity; works of art collectively;

an art exhibitiona fine collection of art

Actverb

To serve or function as a substitute for another

A coin can act as a screwdriver.

Artnoun

the creation of beautiful or significant things;

art does not need to be innovative to be goodI was never any good at arthe said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully

Actverb

To produce an effect

waited five minutes for the anesthetic to act.

Artnoun

a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation;

the art of conversationit's quite an art

Actnoun

(countable) Something done, a deed.

an act of goodwill

Artnoun

photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication;

the publisher was responsible for all the artwork in the book

Actnoun

Actuality.

Actnoun

(countable) A product of a legislative body, a statute.

Actnoun

The process of doing something.

He was caught in the act of stealing.

Actnoun

(countable) A formal or official record of something done.

Actnoun

(countable) A division of a theatrical performance.

The pivotal moment in the play was in the first scene of the second act.

Actnoun

(countable) A performer or performers in a show.

Which act did you prefer? The soloist or the band?

Actnoun

(countable) Any organized activity.

Actnoun

(countable) A display of behaviour.

Actnoun

A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student.

Actnoun

(countable) A display of behaviour meant to deceive.

to put on an act

Actverb

(intransitive) To do something.

If you don't act soon, you will be in trouble.

Actverb

To do (something); to perform.

Actverb

(intransitive) To perform a theatrical role.

I started acting at the age of eleven in my local theatre.

Actverb

(ergative) Of a play: to be acted out (well or badly).

Actverb

(intransitive) To behave in a certain way.

He's acting strangely - I think there's something wrong with him.

Actverb

(copulative) To convey an appearance of being.

He acted unconcerned so the others wouldn't worry.

Actverb

To do something that causes a change binding on the doer.

act on behalf of John

Actverb

To have an effect (on).

High-pressure oxygen acts on the central nervous system and may cause convulsions or death.Gravitational force acts on heavy bodies.

Actverb

(transitive) To play (a role).

He's been acting Shakespearean leads since he was twelve.

Actverb

(transitive) To feign.

He acted the angry parent, but was secretly amused.

Actverb

To map via a homomorphism to a group of automorphisms (of).

This group acts on the circle, so it can't be left-orderable!

Actverb

To move to action; to actuate; to animate.

Actnoun

a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

Actnoun

something that people do or cause to happen

Actnoun

a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

Actnoun

a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program;

he did his act three times every eveningshe had a catchy little routineit was one of the best numbers he ever did

Actnoun

a manifestation of insincerity;

he put on quite an act for her benefit

Actverb

perform an action, or work out or perform (an action);

think before you actWe must move quicklyThe governor should act on the new energy billThe nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel

Actverb

behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself;

You should act like an adultDon't behave like a foolWhat makes her do this way?The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people

Actverb

play a role or part;

Gielgud played HamletShe wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the roleShe played the servant to her husband's master

Actverb

discharge one's duties;

She acts as the chairIn what capacity are you acting?

Actverb

pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind;

He acted the idiotShe plays deaf when the news are bad

Actverb

be suitable for theatrical performance;

This scene acts well

Actverb

have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected;

The voting process doesn't work as well as people thoughtHow does your idea work in practice?This method doesn't workThe breaks of my new car act quicklyThe medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water

Actverb

be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure

Actverb

behave unnaturally or affectedly;

She's just acting

Actverb

perform on a stage or theater;

She acts in this playHe acted in `Julius Caesar'I played in `A Christmas Carol'