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Meanings for act

to behave or conduct oneself in a certain way

act, enactment(noun)

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

act, deed, human action, human activity(noun)

something that people do or cause to happen


a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

act, routine, number, turn, bit(noun)

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"


a manifestation of insincerity

"he put on quite an act for her benefit"

act, move(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"

act, behave, do(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"

act, play, represent(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"


discharge one's duties

"She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"

act, play, act as(verb)

pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

"He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"


be suitable for theatrical performance

"This scene acts well"

work, 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"


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

dissemble, pretend, act(verb)

behave unnaturally or affectedly

"She's just acting"

act, play, roleplay, playact(verb)

perform on a stage or theater

"She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

a performance regularly presented by an individual or group

in his nightclub act he impersonates a veritable galaxy of movie stars

a display of emotion or behavior that is insincere or intended to deceive

was putting on an act when she said she didn't mind being left out of the outing

a rule of conduct or action laid down by a governing authority and especially a legislature

the Americans with Disabilities Act requires public buildings to have wheelchair access

something done by someone

it's acts such as this—lying about having to work late—that make me feel like I can't trust you

to present a portrayal or performance of

a local student acted the part of Tiny Tim in our theater company's production of A Christmas Carol

to produce a desired effect

the painkiller acted surprisingly quickly

to give the impression of being

always acting helpless, just to get attention

to have a certain purpose

the tail feathers of woodpeckers act as props while the birds excavate tree trunks for insects

to present a false appearance of

if you act confident long enough, you'll begin to actually feel it

to pretend to be (what one is not) in appearance or behavior

someone who is willing to act the helpless little thing when she wants attention

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Example Sentences of act

Contact my son.

I must contact Tom.

Contact me tomorrow.

I had to act at once.

I had to act quickly.

How can I contact you?

I wear contact lenses.

Feel free to contact me.

Please contact me later.

I will act on your advice.

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Synonyms for act

characterization bit deed personation human action number human activity portrayal enactment turn passage routine deed of conveyance title figure morsel spot piece twist turning procedure function flake second snatch bend subroutine modus operandi crook turn of events round mo subprogram tour fleck chip go telephone number play identification number minute phone number spell numeral scrap moment good turn bout bite issue pretend be active locomote impress actuate represent strike dissemble prompt move propel work motivate roleplay displace playact affect run proceed act as incite travel behave do make a motion perform comport get along carry suffice fare answer deport make arrange coif execute manage cause coiffure make out practice acquit conduct exercise come coiffe serve set practise dress bear take on fiddle interpret bet spiel bring make up symbolize trifle diddle meet lay out dally typify be toy encounter stand for flirt make for wager stage exemplify recreate present comprise symbolise correspond constitute map wreak defend knead operate shape work out put to work forge lick solve figure out form mould sour exploit do work mold puzzle out act upon process crop ferment influence work on cultivate make believe mask cloak venture hazard feign sham guess profess statute pretense accomplishment achievement action consummation doing effect execution exertion feat motion movement operation performance proceeding transaction carry any thing into effect execute a purpose be in action have influence carry into execution personate simulate enact play the part of take the part of ACTION thing ordinance edict decree law bill fact reality actuality real existence loi legislation acts ley note acting tca laws pcmltfa agir acte intervene event shtick schtick airs charade disguise facade fa

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Act in different languages

  • عملArabic
  • эш, ғәмәлBashkir
  • дзейнічаць, падзейнічаць, паступіць, паступацьByelorussian
  • държа се въздействам играя върша правя постъпвам действам деяние действие постъпка постановление документ закон Bulgarian
  • comportar portar actuar acte Catalan
  • působit skutek dějství čin zákon Czech
  • actio deddf Welch
  • optræde opføre agere handle spille virke akt handling dåd Danish
  • benehmen agieren fungieren tun wirken handeln auswirken spielen machen spiel handlung akt tat rechtsgeschäft gesetz verordnung akte German
  • dɔwɔwɔEstonian
  • υποδύομαι πράττω συμπεριφέρομαι δρω ενεργώ επενεργώ πράξη διάβημα ενέργεια Greek
  • aktori agi ago Esperanto
  • comportar actuar acto ley hecho acción Spanish
  • tegu vaatus Estonian
  • کار Persian
  • näytellä toimia vaikuttaa tehdä tekeminen näytös laki olemassaolo teko pöytäkirja Finnish
  • se comporter jouer faire agir acte action loi édit French
  • achd, gnìomh, earrannScots Gaelic
  • comportar, portar, actuar, actoGalician
  • אקט, חק, פעולה, מעשה, מערכהHebrew
  • játszik Hungarian
  • գործողություն արարք ակտ Armenian
  • fare agire comportarsi legge messinscena atto scena numero Italian
  • 演技, 行動, 行為, 法令, 幕Japanese
  • ទង្វើCambodian
  • kirin tesîr kirin lîstin kar hebûn xebat perde bîrname kiryar qanûn Kurdish
  • иш аракет, аракет, иш, кыймылKirghiz
  • facio gero geror ago me gero Latin
  • agéierenLuxembourgish
  • tēlot cēliens Latvian
  • tindak lakon pura akta babak اکتا Malay
  • werken optreden opvoeren reageren spelen acteren handelen gedragen toneelspelen handeling akte wet daad Dutch
  • acteOccitan
  • ଧାରାOriya
  • zachowywać grać zachować się akt działanie czyn Polish
  • agir comportar-se atuar ato ata ação Portuguese
  • вести влиять действовать играть делать поступать деяние акт постановление поступок действие дело притворство закон документ игра Russian
  • ක්‍රියාව, පනතSinghalese
  • čin skutok dejstvo Slovak
  • handla spela uppföra agera bete handling dåd akt Swedish
  • tenda kitendo Swahili
  • செயல் Tamil
  • నటించు, ప్రవర్తించు, క్రియ, చేత, పని, అంకము, చర్య, చట్టంTegulu
  • поводитись, грати, чинити, діяти, акт, дія, вчинокUkrainian

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