2. A process of doing certain things: The criminal was caught in three acts of stealing.
3. The main divisions of a play or opera: The play had five acts.
4. Displays of affected or pretended behavior: Tina is not really angry; she has been putting on these acts to get attention.
Will companies axe ad spending next year?
There were three acts in the play; at the end of the second act, the murderer had used an axe to ax the victim.
2. To request; to express a desire for: Erika had no choice but to ask Rickey for help in changing the tire.
3. To demand or to expect; such as, a price: The antique dealer wanted to ask $25.00 for the watch.
Come on Wade, didn’t you ax Arturo about that movie yesterday?
This pronunciation still exists in many dialects, but it is "no longer considered acceptable" in standard English.
When Olivia was writing an anthology of rural folk tales, she often had to ask the local people to explain what they were saying.
Juana was amused by the frequent response, "Lady, you ax me about that TV program already."
2. To be dismissed from a job; to be fired (informal): "She got the ax because she would not work beyond the normal daily work schedule."