Dictionary Results for act


1. act - noun

· a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

Synonym(s): enactment

Hypernym(s): legal_document, legal_instrument, official_document, instrument




2. act - noun

· something that people do or cause to happen

Synonym(s): deed, human_action, human_activity

Hypernym(s): event




3. act - noun

· a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

Hypernym(s): dramatic_composition, dramatic_work




4. act - noun

· a short 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"

Synonym(s): routine, number, turn, bit

Hypernym(s): performance, public_presentation




5. act - noun

· a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"

Hypernym(s): expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion




6. act - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): move

Antonym(s): refrain




7. act - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): behave, do




8. act - verb

· 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"

Synonym(s): play, represent

Hypernym(s): re-create




9. act - verb

· discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"

Hypernym(s): serve




10. act - verb

· pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"

Synonym(s): play, act_as

Hypernym(s): act, behave, do




11. act - verb

· be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well"

Hypernym(s): be




12. act - verb

· 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 only if you take it with a lot of water"

Synonym(s): work

Hypernym(s): succeed, win, come_through, bring_home_the_bacon, deliver_the_goods




13. act - verb

· be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure




14. act - verb

· behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"

Synonym(s): dissemble, pretend




15. act - verb

· perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

Synonym(s): play, roleplay, playact

Hypernym(s): perform





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