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act

 
Noun act has 5 senses
  1. act, enactment - a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
    --1 is a kind of legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument
    --1 has particulars:
     decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript; legislative act, statute
  2. act, human action, human activity - something that people do or cause to happen
    --2 has particulars:
     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
    Derived forms: verb actuate2, verb actuate1, verb act1
  3. act - a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
    --3 is a kind of
    dramatic composition, dramatic work
    --3 is a part of
     play, drama, dramatic play; opera; ballet, concert dance
    --3 has part: scene
  4. act, routine, number, turn, bit - 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 is a kind of performance, public presentation
    --4 has particulars: show-stopper, showstopper, stopper
    Derived forms: verb act6, verb act10, verb act3
  5. act - a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"
    --5 is a kind of
    expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion
    Derived forms: verb act9, verb act5
Verb act has 10 senses
  1. act, move - 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"
    Antonyms: refrain, forbear
    Derived forms: noun action2, noun action1, noun act2
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
  2. act, behave, do - 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"
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s Adjective
  3. act, play, represent - 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"
    --3 is one way to re-create
    Derived forms: noun actor1, noun act4, noun acting1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
  4. act - discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"
    --4 is one way to
    serve
    Derived form: noun actor2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s PP
  5. act, play, act as - pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
    --5 is one way to act, behave, do
    Derived form: noun act5
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody
  6. act - be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well"
    --6 is one way to
    be
    Derived forms: noun act4, noun acting1
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s Adjective/Noun
  7. work, act - 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"
    --7 is one way to succeed, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
  8. act - be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
    Derived form: noun action2
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
  9. dissemble, pretend, act - behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"
    Derived form: noun act5
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s something
  10. act, play, roleplay, playact - perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
    --10 is one way to perform
    Derived forms: noun actor1, noun act4, noun acting1
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s
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