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act

noun (n)

  • a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body (noun.communication)
    Synonym: enactment
    source: wordnet30
  • something that people do or cause to happen (noun.tops)
    source: wordnet30
  • a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program (noun.communication)
    Synonym: bit, number, routine, turn
    Example:
    He did his act three times every evening.
    source: wordnet30
  • a manifestation of insincerity (noun.communication)
    Example:
    He put on quite an act for her benefit.
    source: wordnet30
  • That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • perform an action, or work out or perform (an action) (verb.social)
    Synonym: move
    Antonym: forbear, refrain
    Example:
    Think before you act.
    The governor should act on the new energy bill.
    The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel.
    source: wordnet30
  • behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself (verb.body)
    Synonym: behave, do
    Example:
    You should act like an adult.
    The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people.
    source: wordnet30
  • play a role or part (verb.creation)
    Synonym: play, represent
    Example:
    She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role.
    source: wordnet30
  • discharge one's duties (verb.competition)
    Example:
    She acts as the chair.
    In what capacity are you acting?.
    source: wordnet30
  • pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind (verb.body)
    Synonym: act as, play
    Example:
    He acted the idiot.
    source: wordnet30
  • be suitable for theatrical performance (verb.stative)
    Example:
    This scene acts well.
    source: wordnet30
  • have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected (verb.social)
    Synonym: work
    Example:
    How does your idea work in practice?.
    The breaks of my new car act quickly.
    source: wordnet30
  • be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure (verb.social)
    source: wordnet30
  • behave unnaturally or affectedly (verb.creation)
    Synonym: dissemble, pretend
    Example:
    She's just acting.
    source: wordnet30
  • perform on a stage or theater (verb.creation)
    Synonym: play, playact, roleplay
    Example:
    She acts in this play.
    He acted in `Julius Caesar'.
    source: wordnet30
  • To move to action; to actuate; to animate. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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