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act sb. (S. has several ordinary uses; earliest known example of ‘act’ of a play H8 Epil. 3).
1. performance, action, operation, execution Mer.V. I. iii. 84, All'sW. I. ii. 30, John III. i. 274, H8 III. ii. 183 “the honour of it Does pay the act of it.”
2. event Oth. V. ii. 370 “This heavy act.”
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