ag-, agen-, act-, agi-, agit-
(Latin: to set in motion, to hurry, to shake; to drive; to do, to act; to lead, to conduct, to guide)
The social worker was urged to consider ab actu ad posse valet illatio when assessing a case of potential child abuse.
The long distance runner was deemed ab agendo because of her broken leg.2. Obsolete or retired: The farmer's old tractor was considered ab agendo and so it could only be sold as an antique.
Hank did a series of acts of kindness for the poor woman who lived next door.2. A process of doing certain things: The neighbor's son was caught in three acts of stealing.
3. The main divisions of a play or an opera: The drama that the audience attended had five acts.
4. Displays of affected or pretended behavior: Sharon is not really angry. She has been putting on these acts just to get attention.
2. To reach, to make, or to issue a decision on some matter: The members congregated to act on the bill.
3. To operate or function in a particular way; to perform specific duties or functions: Shirley was acting as a child's substitute mother until her parents were able to return home.
Acta est fabula was used at the close of a dramatic performance in the ancient Roman theater.
Acta est fabula are said to be the dying words of Emperor Caesar Augustus.
The maxim Acta est fabula may be appropriately spoken whenever a life or an unfolding event comes to an unhappy end or is simply concluded.
The acta sanctorum involves the lives of the Christian martyrs and saints that are used in teaching the faith.
An action may apply to more than one procedure and therefore it often suggests continued or repeated efforts over a period of time.2. A process that one consciously does and which may be characterized by physical or mental procedures: Ted was told that getting his work assignment done was a crisis that demanded action and not an argument.
2. To organize or to create a military unit: The governor had to activate the National Guard to help the people after the hurricane.
3. To treat (sewage) with aeration and bacteria to aid decomposition: Air and bacteria helped to activate and facilitate the decaying process of the compost in the garden so that it could be used later as very good soil.
4. In chemistry, to accelerate a reaction in something: In class the teacher showed the students how heat helped to activate certain substances.
5. In physics, to make a substance radioactive: Jane learned in her physics class that it was possible to make or to activate something radioactive by exposing it to the influence of a radioactive matter.
6. In biology, to convert certain biological compounds into a biologically functioning derivative: The students read about how enzymes were activated, or how a molecule or cell was activated into a structure that performed a certain action.
2. Stimulation of activity in an organism or chemical: In medicine, activation can be the response of a stimulant on a nerve or on an organ.
3. The activity of causing to have energy and to be active: Rose's little baby slowly showed some activation as she started to wiggle and make cooing sounds.
4. In medicine, the deliberate induction of a pattern of electrical activity in the brain: Activation is a method of rousing the brain by light, electricity, chemical agents, or by sound to bring about unusual or a strange activity in the electroencephalography.
2. The quality of moving rapidly and energetically; nimbleness: The activeness of a person slowly declines with age because one is not as quick, light, or agile in movement in comparison to a teenager!