- A legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body.
- synonyms: enactment
- Something that people do or cause to happen.
- A subdivision of a play or opera or ballet.
- A short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program.
- usage: "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
- A manifestation of insincerity.
- usage: "he put on quite an act for her benefit"
- Perform an action, or work out or perform (an action. )
- usage: "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"
- synonyms: move
- Behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself.
- usage: "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"
- Play a role or part.
- usage: "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"
- Discharge one's duties.
- usage: "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting"
- Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind.
- usage: "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
- Be suitable for theatrical performance.
- usage: "This scene acts well"
- Have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected.
- usage: "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"
- synonyms: work
- Be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure.
- Behave unnaturally or affectedly.
- usage: "She's just acting"
- Perform on a stage or theater.
- usage: "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
WordNet 3.0 © 2006 by Princeton University
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