act meaning

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act verb
1. perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Related: move
Antonyms: refrain
  • "think before you act"
  • "We must move quickly"
  • "The governor should act on the new energy bill"
  • "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
2. (act_up) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
Related: behave, do
  • "You should act like an adult"
  • "Don't behave like a fool"
  • "What makes her do this way?"
  • "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
3. (re-create) play a role or part
Related: play, represent
  • "Gielgud played Hamlet"
  • "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"
  • "She played the servant to her husband's master"
4. (serve) discharge one's duties
  • "She acts as the chair"
  • "In what capacity are you acting?"
5. (act) pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
Related: play, act_as
  • "He acted the idiot"
  • "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
6. (be) be suitable for theatrical performance
  • "This scene acts well"
7. be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
8. (perform) perform on a stage or theater
Related: play, roleplay, playact
  • "She acts in this play"
  • "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"
  • "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
act noun
1. (legal_document) a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
Related: enactment
2. (event) something that people do or cause to happen
Related: deed, human_action, human_activity
3. (dramatic_composition) a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
4. (performance) a short performance that is part of a longer program
Related: routine, number, turn, bit
  • "he did his act three times every evening"
  • "she had a catchy little routine"
  • "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
5. (expression) a manifestation of insincerity
  • "he put on quite an act for her benefit"
work verb
1. (succeed) have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
Related: act
  • "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"
  • "How does your idea work in practice?"
  • "This method doesn't work"
  • "The breaks of my new car act quickly"
  • "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"
dissemble verb
1. behave unnaturally or affectedly
Related: pretend, act
  • "She's just acting"
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