act upon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v act upon have and exert influence or effect "The artist's work influenced the young painter","She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
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Quotations

  • Denis Waitley
    Denis%20Waitley
    “Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on your own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    W.%20Clement%20Stone
    “The natural law of inertia: Matter will remain at rest or continue in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    Woodrow%20T.%20Wilson
    “We should not only master questions, but also act upon them, and act definitely.”
  • Dhammapada
    Dhammapada
    “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, What good will they do you if you do not act upon them?”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act according with the dictates of reason.”

Usage

In literature:

You're going to act upon his offer as you see fit.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
They who do not act upon scruple of conscience.
"The Covenants And The Covenanters" by Various
Mr. Fletcher expatiated upon the good consequences that would arise from the act which he had proposed.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
For Drew to become convinced was for him to act upon the impulse of his warm heart.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
I wish to show the world that this is so, and that my soldiers believe it and will act upon it.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
Before it could be acted upon another suit had been decided.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
He had to think what steps he might best take, and to act upon his decision instantly.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
This friendly hint was acted upon, and in the morning both ship and prisoners had vanished.
"The Pirates' Who's Who" by Philip Gosse
Every sensible suggestion was acted upon, no matter by whom tendered.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
But it seemed a burning inspiration, and I knew that I must act upon it at once or never.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
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In poetry:

O send thy Spirit down to write
Thy law upon my heart!
Nor let my tongue indulge deceit,
Nor act the liar's part.
"Psalm 119 part 11" by Isaac Watts
And saw its water break, and saw, in fear,
Its quaking muscles in the act of birth,
Between her legs a pigmy face appear,
And the first murderer lay upon the earth.
"Imperial Adam" by A D Hope
Abroad your wounds meet plunder & renown
While infamy pursues your Jarrs in town
Where the whole acts a breach upon ye laws
perhaps a stew ye scene a whore ye cause
"Satyr VII. The Isle Of Wight" by Thomas Parnell
A cent'ry hence,
While boys and girls in school,
Upon the bench
Obey the teacher's rule,
Will any book show them the deeds and acts,
Of trembling, poor, despis'd, oppress'd Ajax?
"Ajax' Meditations" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Some act upon this prudent plan,
“Say little, and hear all you can.”
Safe policy, but hateful—
So barren sands imbibe the shower,
But render neither fruit nor flower,
Unpleasant and ungrateful.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
To pluck an apple form a tree
And feed upon it seems to be
A simple act where none could be mistaken.
Alas, our world has grown so big
That, tho' one man may raise a pig,
It needs a score to sell the breakfast bacon.
"Frankenstein" by C J Dennis

In news:

Tons of local and national acts descend upon the Plaza for several weeks of varied and exciting music.
Erin Langworthy of Australia had it on hers and acted upon that same wish when she went on Holiday to Zambia and Zimbabwe on Dec 31.
This Valentine's Day, bestow upon her a very special gift: your consideration, your benevolence, your not acting like an ass.
Human beings, as history demonstrates, have the capacity to commit horrible acts upon one another, despite powerful inhibitions against such behavior.
After her life took a devastating turn, Wilson was humbled and awed by the many acts of kindness bestowed upon her by friends and strangers alike.
Contracting professionals rely on the use of forms and formats to capture important information from which they will act upon.
In "Animal Kingdom," director David Michôd, left, crafts a character-driven crime-family drama with layers upon layers of distinguished acting, including Ben Mendelsohn as eldest brother Pope.
A channel of communication to receive, direct and act upon compliance issues to appropriate DUHS personnel for investigation and resolution.
His new book, "Act in Doctrine ," focuses upon the doctrines , principles and patterns related to translating what we know into what we do.
As the 111th Congress enters into a lame duck session, significant water-related legislation has yet to be acted upon.
My best friend for the past three years had taken it upon herself to act coolly in my presence.
All House bills had to be acted upon by the close of session on Wednesday.
Richard Jayson Jones, 47, of Great Falls, was charged with criminal sexual conduct with a minor and lewd act upon a child under 16, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Pasquale "Patrick" Senatore, 45, is accused of lewd acts upon a child and forcible rape.
It was reported in the Oregonian that Jeanette Maples Step-Grandmother, parents of friends and school faculty all contacted the Department of Human Services, and yet none of those reports were acted upon.
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In science:

The isomorphisms (1.1) and (1.2) are valid for arbitrary gauge theories and hold when the “cochains” (local q -forms) upon which s acts are allowed to contain terms of arbitrarily high antighost number.
Local BRST cohomology in the antifield formalism: II. Application to Yang-Mills theory
The last term is the stochastic force acting upon the dynamical variable X .
Critical Dynamics of Magnets
These operators act as excitation or deexcitation of the normal modes defined upon phase space for the harmonic oscillator.
Quantum Mechanics as a Classical Theory VIII: Second Quantization
The first is that all freely falling bodies (i.e. bodies which are not acted upon by non-gravitational forces such as electromagnetism and which are small enough so that tidal effects are negligible) move independently of their composition (the Weak Equivalence Principle, or WEP).
Testing the Equivalence Principle in the Quantum Regime
Note also that this diagram is acted upon by the involution T which exchanges the factors in M × M , and each of the sequences therefore splits canonically into a + and − part corresponding to the ±1 eigenvalues of T .
Integral Invariants of 3-Manifolds. II
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