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