act (up)on (something)

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act (up)on (something)

1. To take action in a situation. The report is due tomorrow, so I need you to act on it immediately. Please act upon this subpoena for records at once. No, we cannot act on this until we get a notarized request in writing.
2. To take action that is strongly influenced by certain information or advice. ("Upon" is most commonly used to convey this meaning.) Acting upon my doctor's orders, I cleared my schedule and spent the week recuperating at home. A: "I can't believe he said that about us!" B: "Well, he's probably just acting on his mother's instruction, and that woman hates us." I didn't want to get in trouble, so I acted on my parents' instructions and came home before curfew.
3. To impact or affect someone or something in some way. The barking dogs next door are acting on my patience. This frigid cold weather is really acting on my arthritis. Would you two get out of here? You're acting on my nerves!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

act (up)on something

1. to take action on a particular problem. (Upon is more formal and less commonly used than on.) I will act on this immediately.
2. to take action because of some special information. The police refused to act upon his complaint because he was an ex-convict.
3. to perform on something, usually the stage (in a theater). Ken has never acted on the stage or in front of a camera.
See also: act, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

act on

1. Also, act upon. Conduct oneself in accordance with or as a result of information or another action, as in I will act on my lawyer's advice, or The manager refused to act upon the hotel guest's complaints. [c. 1800]
2. Influence or affect, as in The baby's fussing acted on the sitter's nerves. [c. 1800]
See also: act, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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But then I must have no fractions; I cannot divide my troop into two, and act upon two points, at once, without another self, who -- But what is the use of acting upon two points, as we have only one man to take?
Number Ten wrested a parang from an adversary, and acting upon his example the other creatures were not long in arming themselves in a similar manner.
So accustomed had his pack now become to receiving and acting upon his orders that they changed their tactics immediately, and one by one the remaining Dyaks were overpowered, disarmed and held.
This strange irritation of the brain, must it be attributed to the peculiar circumstances under which they found themselves, to their proximity to the orb of night, from which only a few hours separated them, to some secret influence of the moon acting upon their nervous system?
This belief enables us to act upon the impulse to inflict pain, while believing that we are acting upon the desire to lead sinners to repentance.
Acting upon intelligence report, in the sorties launched late Saturday night in Sarkhilo area of Gardasira district, the militants weapon cache was also destroyed, the official said.
Acting upon the directives of Deputy Commissioner Lower Dir, Shoukat Ali as team led by Assistant Commissioner, Mohammad Shah Jamil raided different areas of the city and arrested nine butchers for overcharging and ignoring approved price list.
According to a rangers' spokesman, acting upon an intelligence information, the paramilitary soldiers carried out a targeted raid in Gizri area and arrested two suspected robbers, Amanullah and Mohammad Noman.
Acting upon the directions of IGP, DIG Operations Waqas Nazir yesterday submitted the initial report.
'When the House constitutes itself into a Committee of the Whole, it functions as one committee acting upon a bill or resolution, and conducting its proceedings like a regular committee with its membership composed of all the Members of the House,' the rule reads.
Later, while talking to journalists, Minister said that across the country as many as 3.5 million students are studying in seminaries, adding that different issues regarding reforms and syllabus have been finalized between Ministry of Education and advisor National security.He said that Pakistan is completely acting upon Liaqat Nehru pact while India is reluctant to act upon.
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Acting upon the directives a sub-inspector was suspended while two cops were directed to report in quarter guard for further investigations.
MIRPURKHAS -- Jhuddo police, acting upon an order of the Sindh High Court, Hyderabad circuit, carried out a raid on a specified place within the farmlands of the Gugh Morion area on Sunday and took 24 men, women and children into protective custody.
"The fact that the US is paving a wrong path in acting upon its responsibilities is no good reason for us not to continue along the path of negotiations," Larijani said in an interview with state television.