act
noun.
a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
Synonym: enactment
noun.
something that people do or cause to happen
noun.
a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
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: turn, routine, number, bit
noun.
a manifestation of insincerity
he put on quite an act for her benefit
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: move
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: behave, do
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: play, represent
verb.
discharge one's duties
She acts as the chair|In what capacity are you acting?
verb.
pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
He acted the idiot|She plays deaf when the news are bad
Synonym: play, act as
verb.
be suitable for theatrical performance
This scene acts well
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: work
verb.
be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
verb.
behave unnaturally or affectedly
She's just acting
Synonym: dissemble, pretend
verb.
perform on a stage or theater
She acts in this play|He acted in `Julius Caesar'|I played in `A Christmas Carol'
Synonym: roleplay, playact, play
Antonym: refrain