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  Definition of Act
  1. something that people do or cause to happen
  2. a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
  3. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program; "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"
  4. a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
  5. a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"
  6. 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"
  7. pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
  8. discharge one''s duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"
  9. 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"
  10. perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar''"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol''"
  11. behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She''s just acting"
  12. perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "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"
  13. be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
  14. have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected; "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 on
  15. be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well"
Similar Words: human action, human activity, enactment, routine, number, turn, bit, behave, do, play, act as, represent, roleplay, playact, dissemble, pretend, move, work


See Also: act up, pursue, follow up on, act on, carry on, influence, act upon, work


Hyponyms: action, nonaccomplishment, nonachievement, leaning, motivation, motivating, assumption, rejection, forfeit, forfeiture, sacrifice, activity, wear, wearing, judgment, judgement, assessment, production, stay, residency, residence, abidance, inactivity, hindrance, interference, stop, stoppage, group action, distribution, legitimation, waste, permissive waste, proclamation, promulgation, communication, communicating, speech act, decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript, legislative act, statute, show-stopper, showstopper, stopper, act involuntarily, act reflexively, fall over backwards, bend over backwards, presume, vulgarize, vulgarise, optimize, optimise, quack, menace, make, swagger, bluster, swash, freeze, wanton, romanticize, sentimentalise, sentimentalize, sentimentize, sentimentise, bungle, play, toy, act as, stooge, joke, jest, piffle, make as if, break down, lose it, snap, dally, dawdle, backslap, hugger mugger, sauce, footle, frivol, trifle, swell, puff up, follow, relax, loosen up, ramp, rage, storm, criticize, criticise, bank, pretend, make believe, support, enact, reenact, act out, impersonate, portray, parody, emote, mime, pantomime, overact, ham it up, ham, overplay, underact, underplay, simulate, assume, sham, feign, alternate, take turns, finish up, land up, fetch up, end up, wind up, finish, rush, hasten, hurry, look sharp, festinate, interrupt, disturb, react, respond, go ahead, plow ahead, attack, aggress, force, create, come to the fore, step forward, come forward, step up, step to the fore, come out, reward, repay, pay back, satisfice, staisfise, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, dispatch, evade, race, use, play it by ear, deal, partner, exert, egotrip, reciprocate, go, proceed, move, come close, perform, make bold, dare, prosecute, engage, pursue, act on, interact, oppose, take time by the forelock, coact, volunteer, offer, get around to, flirt, set about, go about, approach, participate, take part, misbehave, misconduct, misdemean, condescend, stoop, lower oneself, behave, acquit, bear, deport, conduct, comport, carry, try, seek, attempt, essay, assay, woo, court, romance, solicit, effect, antagonize, antagonise, counteract, anticipate, foresee, forestall, counter, perpetrate, commit, pull, rampage, cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, manage, deign, descend, take care, lord it over, queen it over, put on airs, act superior, stampede, make a point, make sure, repeat, take over, surprise, sneak, take, guard, begin, start, go off half-cocked, go off at half-cock, wait, hold off, hold back, continue, go on, go along, keep, do well, had best, persist in, drive around, walk around


Grouped Verbs: play, act as, dissemble, pretend, behave, do, represent, roleplay, playact, bring, work, wreak, make for


Part Meronyms: play, drama, dramatic play, opera, ballet, concert dance


Derivational Morphology: motivate, actuate, propel, move, prompt, incite, trip, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch off, play, roleplay, playact, represent, dissemble, pretend, act as, actor, doer, worker, theatrical performance, theatrical, representation, histrionics, drama, dramatic play, histrion, player, thespian, role player, acting, playing, playacting, performing, routine, number, turn, bit, barnstormer, playactor, play-actor, trouper, roleplaying, imposter, impostor, pretender, fake, faker, fraud, sham, shammer, pseudo, pseud, action, activity, activeness, human action, human activity, work, piece of work


Anagrams: CAT, cat


Language Translations:
Danish: agere and akt and handling   Dutch: akte and handelen and handeling and wet  
Esperanto: agi   Finnish: laki and näytös and tehdä and teko  
French: acte and faire and loi   German: Akt and Gesetz and handeln and Handlung  
Ido: agar   Indonesian: tindak  
Italian: agire and atto and legge   Japanese: 行動  
Lithuanian: veikti   Malay: akta and babak and buat and lakon and tindak  
Polish: akt and czyn and działanie and działać   Portuguese: ato  
Slovak: dejstvo and skutok   Spanish: acto and actuar and ley  
Swedish: agera and akt and handling   Telugu: అంకము and చట్టం and చర్య  
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