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act - Dictionary definition and meaning for word act

Definition
(noun) a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
Synonyms : enactment

Definition
(noun) something that people do or cause to happen
Definition
(noun) a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
Definition
(noun) a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
Synonyms : bit , number , routine , turn
Example Sentence
  • he did his act three times every evening
  • she had a catchy little routine
  • it was one of the best numbers he ever did

Definition
(noun) a manifestation of insincerity
Example Sentence
  • he put on quite an act for her benefit

Definition
(verb) perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
Synonyms : move
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
Synonyms : behave , do
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) play a role or part
Synonyms : play , represent
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) discharge one's duties
Example Sentence
  • She acts as the chair
  • In what capacity are you acting?

Definition
(verb) pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
Synonyms : act as , play
Example Sentence
  • He acted the idiot
  • She plays deaf when the news are bad

Definition
(verb) be suitable for theatrical performance
Example Sentence
  • This scene acts well

Definition
(verb) have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
Synonyms : work
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
Definition
(verb) behave unnaturally or affectedly
Synonyms : dissemble , pretend
Example Sentence
  • She's just acting

Definition
(verb) perform on a stage or theater
Synonyms : play , playact , roleplay
Example Sentence
  • She acts in this play
  • He acted in `Julius Caesar'
  • I played in `A Christmas Carol'

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