Synonyms for act up

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To act up to our best judgments at the time, is all we can do.

"As long as you act up to that, you can do what you like," John said.

Act up to His will in all your ways and all your thoughts too.

In the council-room his Lordship was equally ready to act up to the ideal.

It is not that people do not know, but that they will not act up to what they know.

She, too, remembered the conversation, but had not strength to act up to the spirit of it.

There is no necessity for that now; only act up to your instructions.

If he's there, you betray the greatest surprise at seeing him—you can act up to that.

I have endeavoured to act up to them, and shall continue to do so.

"G'wan inside, Earl, and act up right," said Clinch pleasantly.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "to act upon or adjudicate" a legal case; 1590s in the theatrical sense, from Latin actus, past participle of agere (see act (n.)). To act up "be unruly" is from 1903. To act out "behave anti-socially" (1974) is from psychiatric sense of "expressing one's unconscious impulses or desires." Related: Acted; acting.

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