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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyact on
he/she/itacts on
present participleacting on
past tenseacted on
past participleacted on

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  1. act on something to do something because you have been given information, advice, or orders

    I'm acting on the advice of my lawyers.

    They were acting on the instructions of senior managers.

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