act (up)on

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act (up)on

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.
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."
3. To impact in some way. The barking dogs next door are acting on my patience.
See also: act

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

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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Al-Sisi also issued a tax on capital gains for transactions on the stock market as well as cash dividends at a value of 10% of capital gains on the local stock market and on cash distributions, as well as profits resulting from investment in securities abroad or acting upon them.
According to details, ANF Quetta, while acting upon an information seized 3103 kgs of Charas (garda) from Mangochar Belt, Killi Zard Ghulam Jan, Kalat.
Summary: Acting upon the directives of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the team overseeing implementation of the UAE project to help Pakistan, has announced an initiative to distribute 2,400 tonnes of food among 30,000 families in the camps for people displaced by floods and military operations in Pakistan.
The terms for acting upon bankruptcy cases and the terms for acting upon complaints by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court will also be shortened.
He said that PPP not only restored 1973 constitution in its original form but also devolved many powers to the provinces by acting upon the constitution.
He said that any society can become ideal by acting upon the everlasting and universal teachings of Islam and various societies raised the monuments to development by following these principles.
The Eastern Synod Council said that while it believes that its synod "had both the right and obligation" to pass the motion last July, it nonetheless believed that "it would be prudent to refrain from acting upon it at this present time.
Aichi, Japan) has patented a novel enzyme which has an activity to release side chain carboxyl groups and ammonia from a protein by acting upon side chain amido groups in the protein.
Whether sociological or biological, good or bad, this investigation attempts to determine if there are substantive differences in acting upon inquisitiveness between genders.
Visual artists also seek to understand the world but do so by acting upon it.