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 Dictionary entry overview: What does act upon mean? 

ACT UPON (verb)
  The verb ACT UPON has 1 sense:

1. have and exert influence or effect

  Familiarity information: ACT UPON used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ACT UPON (verb)

Sense 1act upon [BACK TO TOP]


Have and exert influence or effect

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


act upon; influence; work

Context examples:

The artist's work influenced the young painter / She worked on her friends to support the political candidate

Hypernyms (to "act upon" is one way to...):

affect; bear on; bear upon; impact; touch; touch on (have an effect upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "act upon"):

prejudice; prepossess (influence (somebody's) opinion in advance)

get at (influence by corruption)

carry; persuade; sway (win approval or support for)

blackjack; blackmail; pressure (exert pressure on someone through threats)

swing; swing over (influence decisively)

color; colour (modify or bias)

manipulate; pull strings; pull wires (influence or control shrewdly or deviously)

militate (have force or influence; bring about an effect or change)

form; imprint (establish or impress firmly in the mind)

dominate (be in control)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

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