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Definition 1: something that people do or cause to happen - [noun denoting tops]

Synonyms for act in the sense of this definition

(act is a kind of ...) something that happens at a given place and time

(... is a kind of act ) continuing or remaining in a place or state

"they had a nice stay in Paris" "a lengthy hospital stay" "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"

(... is a kind of act ) the act or process of producing something

"Shakespeare's production of poetry was enormous" "the production of white blood cells"

(... is a kind of act ) the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event

"they criticized my judgment of the contestants"

(... is a kind of act ) the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment

"she bought it for everyday wear"

(... is a kind of act ) the act of hiring something or someone

"he signed up for a week's car hire"

(... is a kind of act ) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of act ) the act of deriving something or obtaining something from a source or origin

(... is a kind of act ) the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.

(... is a kind of act ) the act of dwelling in a place

(... is a kind of act ) being inactive; being less active

(... is a kind of act ) the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding

(... is a kind of act ) the use of language to perform some act

(... is a kind of act ) the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information

"they could not act without official communication from Moscow"

(... is a kind of act ) the formal act of proclaiming; giving public notice

"his promulgation of the policy proved to be premature"

(... is a kind of act ) (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect

(... is a kind of act ) the act of rendering a person legitimate

"he has filial rights because he obtained letters of legitimation from the king" "his parents' subsequent marriage resulted in his legitimation"

(... is a kind of act ) the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning

(... is a kind of act ) action taken by a group of people

(... is a kind of act ) the act of stopping something

"the third baseman made some remarkable stops" "his stoppage of the flow resulted in a flood"

(... is a kind of act ) the act of rejecting something

"his proposals were met with rejection"

(... is a kind of act ) the act of assuming or taking for granted

"your assumption that I would agree was unwarranted"

(... is a kind of act ) the act of coming (or going) out; becoming apparent

(... is a kind of act ) the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect

(... is a kind of act ) the act or means of getting rid of something

(... is a kind of act ) the act of discovering something

(... is a kind of act ) the act of departing

(... is a kind of act ) the act of delivering a child

(... is a kind of act ) the act of causing something to happen

(... is a kind of act ) the act of acquiring something

"I envied his talent for acquiring" "he's much more interested in the getting than in the giving"

(... is a kind of act ) the act of making equal or uniform

(... is a kind of act ) the act of digging something up out of the ground (especially a corpse) where it has been buried

(... is a kind of act ) the act of motivating; providing incentive

(... is a kind of act ) the act of deviating from a vertical position

(... is a kind of act ) an act that does not achieve its intended goal

(... is a kind of act ) the act of putting two things together with no space between them

"at his touch the room filled with lights"

(... is a kind of act ) the act of leaving (without permission) the place you are expected to be

(... is a kind of act ) the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)

(... is a kind of act ) the act of propelling

(... is a kind of act ) (Judaism) a good deed performed out of religious duty

(... is a kind of act ) something done (usually as opposed to something said)

"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

Definition 2: a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet - [noun denoting communication]

(act is a kind of ...) a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.

(act is a part of ...) a subdivision of an act of a play

"the first act has three scenes"

(... is part of act) a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers

(... is part of act) a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

"he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"

(... is part of act) a drama set to music; consists of singing with orchestral accompaniment and an orchestral overture and interludes

Definition 3: a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for act in the sense of this definition

(act is a kind of ...) (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

(... is a kind of act ) something that is null (especially an enactment that has no legal validity)

(... is a kind of act ) a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

"a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"

(... is a kind of act ) an act passed by a legislative body

(act belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 4: a short performance that is part of a longer program - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • he did his act three times every evening
  • she had a catchy little routine
  • it was one of the best numbers he ever did

Synonyms for act in the sense of this definition

(act is a kind of ...) a dramatic or musical entertainment

"they listened to ten different performances" "the play ran for 100 performances" "the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity"

(... is a kind of act ) an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down

Definition 5: a manifestation of insincerity - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • he put on quite an act for her benefit

(act is a kind of ...) expression without words

"tears are an expression of grief" "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition"

Definition 6: behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself - [verb of body]

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

  • 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

Synonyms for act in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of act ) act in an uncontrolled manner

(... is a kind of act ) act in a funny or teasing way

(... is a kind of act ) act in a trivial or ineffective way

(... is a kind of act ) behave in a certain way

"make merry"

(... is a kind of act ) begin or appear to begin an action

"He made as if to shake my hand"

(... is a kind of act ) lose control of one's emotions

"When she heard that she had not passed the exam, she lost it completely" "When her baby died, she snapped"

(... is a kind of act ) waste time

"Get busy--don't dally!"

(... is a kind of act ) display excessive cordiality (towards)

"he is always backslapping his colleagues at staff meetings"

(... is a kind of act ) act stealthily or secretively

(... is a kind of act ) behave saucily or impudently towards

(... is a kind of act ) act foolishly, as by talking nonsense

(... is a kind of act ) act frivolously

(... is a kind of act ) become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger

"The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son"

(... is a kind of act ) accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of

"Let's follow our great helmsman!" "She followed a guru for years"

(... is a kind of act ) become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner

"our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group"

(... is a kind of act ) act as a stooge, in a compliant or subordinate manner

"He stooged for the flamboyant Senator"

(... is a kind of act ) behave violently, as if in state of a great anger

(... is a kind of act ) try very hard to please someone

"She falls over backwards when she sees her mother-in-law"

(... is a kind of act ) take liberties or act with too much confidence

(... is a kind of act ) act in a vulgar manner

"The drunkard tends to vulgarize"

(... is a kind of act ) act as an optimist and take a sunny view of the world

(... is a kind of act ) act as a medical quack or a charlatan

(... is a kind of act ) act in a threatening manner

"A menacing person"

(... is a kind of act ) act in a certain way so as to acquire

"make friends" "make enemies"

(... is a kind of act ) act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner

(... is a kind of act ) suddenly behave coldly and formally

"She froze when she saw her ex-husband"

(... is a kind of act ) behave extremely cruelly and brutally

(... is a kind of act ) act in a romantic way

(... is a kind of act ) act in a sentimental way or indulge in sentimental thoughts or expression

(... is a kind of act ) spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly

"I bungled it!"

(... is a kind of act ) engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously

"They played games on their opponents" "play the stock market" "play with her feelings" "toy with an idea"

(act has a similar meaning as ...) pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

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

(act has a similar meaning as ...) behave unnaturally or affectedly

"She's just acting"

Definition 7: pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind - [verb of body]

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

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

Synonyms for act in the sense of this definition

(act 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 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 8: discharge one's duties - [verb of competition]

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

  • She acts as the chair
  • In what capacity are you acting?

(act is a kind of ...) do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function

"He served as head of the department for three years" "She served in Congress for two terms"

(... is a kind of act ) act as a critic

"Those who criticize others often are not perfect, either"

(... is a kind of act ) act as the banker in a game or in gambling

Definition 9: play a role or part - [verb of creation]

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

  • 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

Synonyms for act in the sense of this definition

(act is a kind of ...) create anew

"Re-create the boom of the West on a small scale"

(... is a kind of act ) give expression or emotion to, in a stage or movie role

(... is a kind of act ) make a spoof of or make fun of

(... is a kind of act ) represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like

"She makes like an actress"

(... is a kind of act ) assume or act the character of

"She impersonates Madonna" "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"

(... is a kind of act ) play a subordinate role to (another performer)

"Olivier supported Gielgud beautifully in the second act"

(... is a kind of act ) represent an incident, state, or emotion by action, especially on stage

"She could act neurotic anxiety"

(... is a kind of act ) act out; represent or perform as if in a play

"She reenacted what had happened earlier that day"

(act has a similar meaning as ...) pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity

"Let's play like I am mommy" "Play cowboy and Indians"

(act has a similar meaning as ...) perform on a stage or theater

"She acts in this play" "He acted in `Julius Caesar'" "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

(act has a similar meaning as ...) pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

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

(act belongs to category ...) arts or skills that require public performance

Definition 10: perform on a stage or theater - [verb of creation]

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

  • She acts in this play
  • He acted in `Julius Caesar'
  • I played in `A Christmas Carol'

Synonyms for act in the sense of this definition

(act is a kind of ...) give a performance (of something)

"Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight" "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera"

(... is a kind of act ) act as the stooge

"His role was to stooge for the popular comedian"

(... is a kind of act ) act (a role) with great restraint

(... is a kind of act ) exaggerate one's acting

(... is a kind of act ) act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only

"The acting students mimed eating an apple"

(act has a similar meaning as ...) be suitable for theatrical performance

"This scene acts well"

(act 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"

(act has a similar meaning as ...) be performed or presented for public viewing

"What's playing in the local movie theater?" "`Cats' has been playing on Broadway for many years"

(act has a similar meaning as ...) perform on a certain location

"The prodigy played Carnegie Hall at the age of 16" "She has been playing on Broadway for years"

(act belongs to category ...) the art of writing and producing plays

Definition 11: behave unnaturally or affectedly - [verb of creation]

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

  • She's just acting

Synonyms for act in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of act ) make a pretence of

"She assumed indifference, even though she was seething with anger" "he feigned sleep"

(act 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"

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

  • 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 for act in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of act ) do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop

"We continued our research into the cause of the illness" "The landlord persists in asking us to move"

(... is a kind of act ) succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available

"We got by on just a gallon of gas" "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

(... is a kind of act ) act violently, recklessly, or destructively

(... is a kind of act ) perform an act, usually with a negative connotation

"perpetrate a crime" "pull a bank robbery"

(... is a kind of act ) conduct a prosecution in a court of law

(... is a kind of act ) act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

(... is a kind of act ) act in opposition to

(... is a kind of act ) act so as to bring into existence

"effect a change"

(... is a kind of act ) to be courageous enough to try or do something

"I don't dare call him" "she dares to dress differently from the others"

(... is a kind of act ) engage in social activities leading to marriage

"We were courting for over ten years"

(... is a kind of act ) make amorous advances towards

"John is courting Mary"

(... is a kind of act ) make an effort or attempt

"He tried to shake off his fears" "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps" "The police attempted to stop the thief" "He sought to improve himself" "She always seeks to do good in the world"

(... is a kind of act ) behave well or properly

"The children must learn to behave"

(... is a kind of act ) behave in a certain manner

"She carried herself well" "he bore himself with dignity" "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"

(... is a kind of act ) debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way

"I won't stoop to reading other people's mail"

(... is a kind of act ) behave badly

"The children misbehaved all morning"

(... is a kind of act ) share in something

(... is a kind of act ) do something that one considers to be below one's dignity

(... is a kind of act ) behave in a patronizing and condescending manner

(... is a kind of act ) continue after an interruption

"The demonstration continued after a break for lunch"

(... is a kind of act ) act in one's own or everybody's best interest

"You will do well to arrive on time tomorrow!"

(... is a kind of act ) continue a certain state, condition, or activity

"Keep on working!" "We continued to work into the night" "Keep smiling" "We went on working until well past midnight"

(... is a kind of act ) wait before acting

"the scientists held off announcing their results until they repeated the experiment"

(... is a kind of act ) act prematurely or without reflection or too soon

"she wanted to quit her job but her mother told her not to go off half-cocked"

(... is a kind of act ) begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object

"begin a cigar" "She started the soup while it was still hot" "We started physics in 10th grade"

(... is a kind of act ) take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence

"guard against becoming too friendly with the staff" "guard against infection"

(... is a kind of act ) carry out

"take action" "take steps" "take vengeance"

(... is a kind of act ) behave in a certain way

"play safe" "play it safe" "play fair"

(... is a kind of act ) put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner

"sneak a look" "sneak a cigarette"

(... is a kind of act ) come upon or take unawares

"She surprised the couple" "He surprised an interesting scene"

(... is a kind of act ) do over

"They would like to take it over again"

(... is a kind of act ) make a point of doing something; act purposefully and intentionally

(... is a kind of act ) act, usually en masse, hurriedly or on an impulse

"Companies will now stampede to release their latest software"

(... is a kind of act ) act like the master of

"He is lording it over the students"

(... is a kind of act ) be careful, prudent, or watchful

"Take care when you cross the street!"

(... is a kind of act ) begin to deal with

"approach a task" "go about a difficult problem" "approach a new project"

(... is a kind of act ) behave carelessly or indifferently

"Play about with a young girl's affection"

(... is a kind of act ) do something despite obstacles such as lack of time

"He finally got around to painting the windows"

(... is a kind of act ) habitually do something or be in a certan state or place (use only in the past tense)

"She used to call her mother every week but now she calls only occasionally" "I used to get sick when I ate in that dining hall" "They used to vacation in the Bahamas" "she used to be his best friend and now they are enemies"

(... is a kind of act ) to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others

"We are racing to find a cure for AIDS"

(... is a kind of act ) practice evasion

"This man always hesitates and evades"

(... is a kind of act ) dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently

"He dispatched the task he was assigned"

(... is a kind of act ) act in order to achieve a certain goal

"He maneuvered to get the chairmanship" "She maneuvered herself into the directorship"

(... is a kind of act ) decide on and pursue a course of action satisfying the minimum requirements to achieve a goal

"optimization requires processes that are more complex than those needed to merely satisfice"

(... is a kind of act ) act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions

(... is a kind of act ) make oneself visible; take action

"Young people should step to the fore and help their peers"

(... is a kind of act ) pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity

"Don't disturb him--he is creating"

(... is a kind of act ) do forcibly; exert force

"Don't force it!"

(... is a kind of act ) take the initiative and go on the offensive

"The Serbs attacked the village at night" "The visiting team started to attack"

(... is a kind of act ) proceed (with a plan of action)

"He went ahead with the project"

(... is a kind of act ) show a response or a reaction to something

(... is a kind of act ) destroy the peace or tranquility of

"Don't interrupt me when I'm reading"

(... is a kind of act ) act or move at high speed

"We have to rush!" "hurry--it's late!"

(... is a kind of act ) finally be or do something

"He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart" "he wound up being unemployed and living at home again"

(... is a kind of act ) decide on one's actions as one goes along, depending on the situation

"She didn't know what to expect from her new job, so she played it by ear"

(... is a kind of act ) act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome

"This factor played only a minor part in his decision" "This development played into her hands" "I played no role in your dismissal"

(... is a kind of act ) agree freely

"She volunteered to drive the old lady home" "I offered to help with the dishes but the hostess would not hear of it"

(... is a kind of act ) act together, as of organisms

(... is a kind of act ) act quickly and decisively; not let slip an opportunity

(... is a kind of act ) act against or in opposition to

"She reacts negatively to everything I say"

(... is a kind of act ) act together or towards others or with others

"He should interact more with his colleagues"

(... is a kind of act ) regulate one's behavior in accordance with certain information, ideas, or advice

"The Founding Fathers acted on certain moral principles"

(... is a kind of act ) carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

"She pursued many activities" "They engaged in a discussion"

(... is a kind of act ) take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission

"How dare you call my lawyer?"

(... is a kind of act ) perform a function

"Who will perform the wedding?"

(... is a kind of act ) nearly do something

"She came close to quitting her job"

(... is a kind of act ) follow a procedure or take a course

"We should go farther in this matter" "She went through a lot of trouble" "go about the world in a certain manner" "Messages must go through diplomatic channels"

(... is a kind of act ) act, feel, or give mutually or in return

"We always invite the neighbors and they never reciprocate!"

(... is a kind of act ) act in a way that attracts attention

"This teacher always egotrips and the students don't like him"

(... is a kind of act ) make a great effort at a mental or physical task

"exert oneself"

(... is a kind of act ) act as a partner

"Astaire partnered Rogers"

(... is a kind of act ) take action with respect to (someone or something)

"How are we going to deal with this problem?" "The teacher knew how to deal with these lazy students"

(... is a kind of act ) do something in turns

"We take turns on the night shift"

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

  • 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 for act in the sense of this definition

(act is a kind of ...) attain success or reach a desired goal

"The enterprise succeeded" "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show" "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"

(act has a similar meaning as ...) cause to happen or to occur as a consequence

"I cannot work a miracle" "wreak havoc" "bring comments" "play a joke" "The rain brought relief to the drought-stricken area"

(... is a kind of act ) be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children

"The kids were playing outside all day" "I used to play with trucks as a little girl"

(... is a kind of act ) drive without any particular aim

"we were driving around in the countryside on a fine Sunday morning"

(... is a kind of act ) walk randomly

"We were walking around in the neighborhood to see whether we could find an open drugstore"

Definition 15: be suitable for theatrical performance - [verb of stative]

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

  • This scene acts well

(act is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(act has a similar meaning as ...) perform on a stage or theater

"She acts in this play" "He acted in `Julius Caesar'" "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

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