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What does "Act" mean?

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(n.) A formal solemn writing, expressing that something has been done (n.) A performance of part of a play; one of the principal divisions of a play or dramatic work in which a certain definite part of the action is completed (n.) A state of reality or real existence as opposed to a possibility or possible existence (n.) A thesis maintained in public, in some English universities, by a candidate for a degree, or to show the proficiency of a student (n.) Process of doing; action. In act, in the very doing; on the point of (doing (n.) That which is done or doing; the exercise of power, or the effect, of which power exerted is the cause; a performance; a deed (n.) The result of public deliberation; the decision or determination of a legislative body, council, court of justice, etc.; a decree, edit, law, judgment, resolve, award; as, an act of Parliament, or of Congress (v. i.) To behave or conduct, as in morals, private duties, or public offices; to bear or deport one's self; as, we know not why he has acted so (v. i.) To exert power; to produce an effect; as, the stomach acts upon food (v. i.) To perform actions; to fulfill functions; to put forth energy; to move, as opposed to remaining at rest; to carry into effect a determination of the will (v. i.) To perform on the stage; to represent a character (v. t.) To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero (v. t.) To feign or counterfeit; to simulate (v. t.) To move to action; to actuate; to animate (v. t.) To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage (v. t.) To perform; to execute; to do


Synonyms work, play, do, process, move, turn, number, bit, represent, operation, routine, pretend, dissemble, behave, enactment, roleplay, playact, act as, cognitive process, cognitive operation, human action, human activity


Example: "He did his act three times every evening" Example: "He put on quite an act for her benefit" Example: "Think before you act" Example: "This scene acts well" Example: "She acts as the chair" Example: "You should act like an adult" Example: "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role" Example: "She acts in this play" Example: "He acted the idiot" Example: "How does your idea work in practice?" Example: "She's just acting"


Word Family acted, acting, action, actionable, actioned, actioning, actions, actor, actors, actress, actresses, acts, inaction, unactioned