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act (>Vietnamese)

n

1: a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body [syn: enactment]

2: something that people do or cause to happen [syn: human action, human activity]

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"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did" [syn: routine, number, turn, bit]

5: a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"

v

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" [syn: move] [ant: refrain]

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" [syn: 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" [syn: play, represent]

4: discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"

5: pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad" [syn: play, act as]

6: be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well"

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" [syn: work]

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

9: behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting" [syn: dissemble, pretend]

10: perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'" [syn: play, roleplay, playact]

Adjacent words: acrylate resin | acrylic | acrylic acid | acrylic fiber | acrylic paint | acrylic resin | acrylonitrile | act | act as | act involuntarily | act of God | act of terrorism | act on | act out | act reflexively | act superior

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