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Meaning & Definition of Act in English

English

Act

/ækt/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • act
  • ,
  • enactment

2. Something that people do or cause to happen

    synonym:
  • act
  • ,
  • deed
  • ,
  • human action
  • ,
  • human activity

3. A subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

    synonym:
  • act

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • act
  • ,
  • routine
  • ,
  • number
  • ,
  • turn
  • ,
  • bit

5. A manifestation of insincerity

  • "He put on quite an act for her benefit"
    synonym:
  • act

verb

1. 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:
  • act
  • ,
  • move

2. 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:
  • act
  • ,
  • behave
  • ,
  • do

3. 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:
  • act
  • ,
  • play
  • ,
  • represent

4. Discharge one's duties

  • "She acts as the chair"
  • "In what capacity are you acting?"
    synonym:
  • act

5. Pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

  • "He acted the idiot"
  • "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
    synonym:
  • act
  • ,
  • play
  • ,
  • act as

6. Be suitable for theatrical performance

  • "This scene acts well"
    synonym:
  • act

7. 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
  • ,
  • act

8. Be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure

    synonym:
  • act

9. Behave unnaturally or affectedly

  • "She's just acting"
    synonym:
  • dissemble
  • ,
  • pretend
  • ,
  • act

10. Perform on a stage or theater

  • "She acts in this play"
  • "He acted in `julius caesar'"
  • "I played in `a christmas carol'"
    synonym:
  • act
  • ,
  • play
  • ,
  • roleplay
  • ,
  • playact

Examples of using

She did not act like a normal girl.
We must act.
I don't act like you.