act

  1. 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"
  2. verb
    pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
  3. verb
    be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well"
  4. 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 on
  5. 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"
  6. verb
    be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
  7. verb
    discharge one``s duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"
  8. 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"
  9. verb
    perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar``"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol``"
  10. verb
    behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She``s just acting"
  11. noun
    something that people do or cause to happen
  12. noun
    a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
  13. noun
    a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"
  14. 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"
  15. noun
    a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body