To act up to

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To act up to to equal in action; to fulfill in practice; as, he has acted up to his engagement or his advantages.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • To act up to to come up in practice to some expected standard: to fulfil
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Quotations

  • Richard D. Rosen
    Richard D. Rosen
    “If we ever do end up acting just like rats or Pavlov's dogs, it will be largely because behaviorism has conditioned us to do so.”
  • William James
    William%20James
    “Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.”
  • Tim Allen
    Tim Allen
    “While awaiting sentencing, I decided to give stand-up comedy a shot. The judge had suggested I get my act together, and I took him seriously.”
  • Omar Nelson Bradley
    Omar Nelson Bradley
    “We are given one life, and the decision is our whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind or whether to act and, in acting, to live.”
  • Kathy Ireland
    Kathy Ireland
    “Because modeling is lucrative, I'm able to save up and be more particular about the acting roles I take.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. agĕre, actum; Gr. agein, to put in motion; Sans. aj, to drive.

Usage

In literature:

The Disarming Act had been obeyed in the usual style: old useless weapons were given up to the military.
"The Book of Dreams and Ghosts" by Andrew Lang
After the Senate had acted, he made up his mind to conditional ratification.
"George Washington, Vol. II" by Henry Cabot Lodge
Well, then, act up to your convictions, if convictions they are.
"The Human Machine" by E. Arnold Bennett
Germain acted like children who make up their minds when they see that you have ceased to pay any attention to them.
"The Devil's Pool" by George Sand
It would have been inconceivable to him that he should admire a girl in the very act of washing up.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
His legs always acted as if they were weary and would like to lean their master up against something.
"Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions" by Slason Thompson
As for her, when she heard that the act of disinheritance was not to be drawn up, her tears were changed to tears of joy.
"Tales of Old Japan" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
I had made up my mind to act upon my full right of taking my own way.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
He acted up to his resolution.
"Speeches from the Dock, Part I" by Various
The acts brought up the image of the girl who had furnished him with these useful accessories to flight.
"The Wild Olive" by Basil King
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In poetry:

Who, then, is it that hath courage?
He alone who dares
Act up to his own convictions,
And the right declares.
"Who Hath The Courage?" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
There's scarce a single act of wrong,
Or crime, the list of crimes among,
Which I, alas! did not plunge in,
Immers'd up to the very chin.
"Lamentation Of A Sinner" by Rees Prichard
My better being. I felt sudden pow'r
Grow up within the breast
To act those thoughts that cropp'd up hour by hour,
At the left angel's hest.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
If these resolutions are acted up to,
And faith spreads her pinions abroad,
'Twill be sweet when I ponder the days may be few
That waft me away to my God.
"Resolutions For The Day" by Mary Baker Eddy
What shall we say who have knowledge
Carried to the heart? Shall we take the act
To the grave? Shall we, more hopeful, set up the grave
In the house? The ravenous grave?
"Ode To The Confederate Dead" by Allen Tate
I suppose, when poetry comes down to facts,
When our souls are returned to the gods
And the spheres they belong in,
Here in the every-day where our acts
Rise up and judge us;
"Au Salon" by Ezra Pound

In news:

The popular Broward dance club asked to clean up its act.
We are looking for a music act to open the Big O Music Festival coming up August 18th at Reids Orchard in Owensboro.
No, I'm not referring to the recent earthquake that one of the Buford fellas compared to a washing machine that was acting up.
According to a tweet from House member Darrell Issa (R-CA) the House mark-up of SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act) is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, Dec 21, at 9 am, if Congress is in session.
We need to clean up our act and get serious about litter and graffiti.
The swimmer says it was his first acting gig and he was "really nervous" because he "didn't want to mess it up.
The Nebraska Supreme Court has rejected a convicted killer's second appeal, saying the man did not prove that a judge acted vindictively in sentencing him to up to 50 years for a weapons count.
Garrett brings a return of his stand-up act to the Ice House Comedy Club on Thursday Dec 13.
Springfield ACT scores come up short: 'We've got to close that gap'.
30 Rock's' Judah Friedlander brings his stand-up act to DC.
Kaua'i Company Order to Clean Up their Act.
Tom Corbett this week announced that Pennsylvania will toss back to the federal government the need to set up a state-based health-insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
It was time to clean up my act.
Miranda Lambert helped kick off the first night of the annual country music festival in Nashville, where fans get a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite acts.
We feature around 60+ bands each month, pulling from established local talent to up and coming touring acts looking for a place to play.
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In science:

Then ΩG is equipped with an action of S 1 up to homotopy. ii) Let G be a H -group acting up to homotopy on a topological space X .
A Batalin-Vilkovisky algebra morphism from double loop spaces to free loops
Let G be a H -group acting up to homotopy on a topological space X .
A Batalin-Vilkovisky algebra morphism from double loop spaces to free loops
Let G be a H -group acting up to homotopy on a smooth compact oriented manifold M .
A Batalin-Vilkovisky algebra morphism from double loop spaces to free loops
Fig. 1 shows that, in the static case with ρ fixed, as p increases the speed first goes up (because there are more occupied than vacant sites), and then goes down (because the vancant sites become more efficient to act as a barrier).
Large deviation principle for one-dimensional random walk in dynamic random environment: attractive spin-flips and simple symmetric exclusion
Moreover, sl(∞), o(∞), sp(∞) are (up to isomorphism) the only finitary locally simple Lie algebras g; finitary means by definition that g admits a faithful countable-dimensional g-module with a basis in which each element g ∈ g acts through a finite matrix, [Ba1], [Ba3].
Categories of integrable $sl(\infty)$-, $o(\infty)$-, $sp(\infty)$-modules
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