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'act' - used as a noun
Synonyms for 'act'
1. a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
2. something that people do or cause to happen
3. a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
4. a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
he did his act three times every evening
5. a manifestation of insincerity
he put on quite an act for her benefit

'act' - used as a verb
6. perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
think before you act
The governor should act on the new energy bill
The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel
7. behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
You should act like an adult
The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people
8. play a role or part
She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role
9. discharge one's duties
She acts as the chair
In what capacity are you acting?
10. pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
He acted the idiot
11. be suitable for theatrical performance
This scene acts well
12. have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
The breaks of my new car act quickly
13. be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
14. behave unnaturally or affectedly
She's just acting
15. perform on a stage or theater
She acts in this play
He acted in 'Julius Caesar'

derived forms
1. Act / Plural
acts
2. Act / Past
acted
3. Act / Third Person
acts
4. Act / Present Participle
acting
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