ACT is an acronym standing for Action Counters Terror. It is believed that it originated either with the military or the emergency services, where personnel are trained to overcome fear and inertia by taking action until this becomes an automatic response. ACT demonstrates that people are capable of really remarkable deeds and that obstacles and difficulties can be beaten when they are confronted. ACT shows that fears and self-doubt can be reduced or eliminated and that forward-looking action can overcome habit and inertia to produce something new and start the process of change.
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Short for Actavis, a brand name prescription cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine; See lean
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To perform and portray a character from a true or fictional story intended to entertain a wider audience. This can be dramatic or comedic via any medium including radio, television, theatre, film and street theatre.

Most actors have varying comprehension of what "acting" is and approach the craft depending on their training and experience in performance and life.

For some, acting is life, acting is entertainment, acting is escaping your own personality, acting is a chance to extend yourself in a way that virtually has no limits because you never judge the character in which you play, but research and delve deeply into their world all while naturally bringing your own flavour to the final product.
Acting is not a look darling, it's a skill. Don't audition for me until you get some fucking training.
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An acronym standing for Action Conquers Terror. It is unclear whether this was originally a military acronym, where personnel are trained to overcome fear by action until this becomes automatic. It does, however, highlight that people are capable of far more than they realise, and that fears can be beaten when they are confronted. Action show fears and self-doubt as merely a question of attitude; forward-looking action overcomes habit and inertia to produce something new and is the simplest way to start the process of change.
Don't just sit there worrying about it, do something! ACT!
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(1) (also ACT Assessment) A standardized test, administered mostly in the midwestern United States by the ACT organization. ACT stood for American College Testing until 1996 when, in a similar manner to the SAT, it shortened its name to ACT to "better reflect the broad range of services" they offer to high school students.

(2) An abbreviation for Australian Capital Territory, which contains Canberra, Australia's capital (NOT Sydney).
(1) I have taken the ACT 3 times.
(2) CANBERRA, ACT - In a landmark vote, Australia's Parliament voted to allow compressed soybean oil to be sold on the open market provided its packaging...
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inability to do something successfully; ineptitude
While talking to Jake, I had to stop because of his stupidity and his similar actions like Actful
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1. a display of pretend feeling

2. a dramatic mimicking
He just tried to fool us with his apparent fear, but we knew it was an act.
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