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Definition 1: pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind - [verb of body]

Samples where act as or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He acted the idiot
  • She plays deaf when the news are bad

Synonyms for act as in the sense of this definition

(act as has a similar meaning as ...) behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

"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"

(act as has a similar meaning as ...) play a role or part

"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 2: function as or act like - [verb of stative]

Samples where act as or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This heap of stones will act as a barrier

(act as is a kind of ...) serve a purpose, role, or function

"The tree stump serves as a table" "The female students served as a control group" "This table would serve very well" "His freedom served him well" "The table functions as a desk"

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