part of speech: noun

definition 1: a thing that is done; deed.

  • His act of bravery saved the child from drowning.

synonyms:

action, deed

definition 2: the process of doing something.

  • He caught the puppy in the act of stealing the hamburger.

synonyms:

action, operation, practice, process

definition 3: a behavior of pretending to be or to feel something that is not true.

  • Her sadness was just an act.

synonyms:

fake, pose, show

definition 4: a short performance by a musician, comedian, or other entertainer.

  • The magician worked hard to improve his act.

synonyms:

performance, show

definition 5: one of the main parts of a play or opera.

  • She sang a song in the third act of the play.

definition 6: a law.

  • The senators passed an act against drunk driving.

synonyms:

law, resolution, ruling

 

phrase: clean up one’s act

phrase: get one’s act together

 

part of speech: verb

inflections: acts, acting, acted

definition 1: to do something with purpose or energy.

  • He acted with great courage in battle.

synonyms:

function

definition 2: to be a performer in plays or movies; play a role.

  • She acted in the school play.

synonyms:

perform

definition 3: to pretend to be.

  • He acted happy to see them.

synonyms:

pretend

 

phrase: act up

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