act - definitions and synonyms

act verb

  1. English Meaning: 

    : perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

    Example Sentenses:

    • think before you act

    • The governor should act on the new energy bill

    • The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel

    • We must move quickly

    Synonyms:

    move
  2. English Meaning: 

    : behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

    Example Sentenses:

    • You should act like an adult

    • The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people

    • Don't behave like a fool

    • What makes her do this way?

    Synonyms:

    behave / do
  3. English Meaning: 

    : play a role or part

    Example Sentenses:

    • She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role

    • Gielgud played Hamlet

    • She played the servant to her husband's master

    Synonyms:

    play / represent
  4. English Meaning: 

    : discharge one's duties

    Example Sentenses:

    • She acts as the chair

    • In what capacity are you acting?

  5. English Meaning: 

    : pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

    Example Sentenses:

    • He acted the idiot

    • She plays deaf when the news are bad

    Synonyms:

    act as / play
  6. English Meaning: 

    : be suitable for theatrical performance

    Example Sentenses:

    • This scene acts well

  7. English Meaning: 

    : have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected

    Example Sentenses:

    • How does your idea work in practice?

    • The breaks of my new car act quickly

    • The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought

    • This method doesn't work

    • The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water

    Synonyms:

    work
  8. English Meaning: 

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

  9. English Meaning: 

    : behave unnaturally or affectedly

    Example Sentenses:

    • She's just acting

    Synonyms:

    dissemble / pretend
  10. English Meaning: 

    : perform on a stage or theater

    Example Sentenses:

    • She acts in this play

    • He acted in `Julius Caesar'

    • I played in `A Christmas Carol'

    Synonyms:

    play / playact / roleplay

act noun

  1. English Meaning: 

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

    Synonyms:

    enactment
  2. English Meaning: 

    : something that people do or cause to happen

  3. English Meaning: 

    : a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

  4. English Meaning: 

    : a short performance that is part of a longer program

    Example Sentenses:

    • 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:

    bit / number / routine / turn
  5. English Meaning: 

    : a manifestation of insincerity

    Example Sentenses:

    • he put on quite an act for her benefit