v. re·act·ed, re·act·ing, re·acts
1. To act in response to or under the influence of a stimulus or prompting: reacted strongly to the sarcastic tone of the memorandum.
2. To act in opposition to a former condition or act: composers who reacted against romanticism.
3. To act reciprocally or in return.
4. Chemistry To undergo a reaction: Methane reacts with hydroxyl to produce formaldehyde.
To cause (a substance or substances) to undergo a reaction.
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