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act

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of act

  1. 1 a performance regularly presented by an individual or group <in his nightclub act he impersonates a veritable galaxy of movie stars> Synonyms bit, number, routine, shtick (also schtick or shtik), turn Related Words signature

  2. 2 a display of emotion or behavior that is insincere or intended to deceive <was putting on an act when she said she didn't mind being left out of the outing> Synonyms masquerade, airs, charade, disguise, facade (also façade), front, guise, playacting, pose, pretense (or pretence), put-on, semblance, showRelated Words impersonation, performance, portrayal; image, persona; appearance, color, gloss; camouflage, cloak; affectation, deceit, deception, dissembling, dissimulation, double-dealing, duplicity, fakery, fraud, guile; betrayal, double cross, faithlessness, falseness, falsity, infidelity, perfidy, treachery, treason, unfaithfulness; excuse, pretextNear Antonyms bluntness, candidness, candor, directness, forthrightness, frankness, openheartedness, outspokenness, plainspokenness, sincerity, straightforwardness; artlessness, genuineness, naïveté (also naivete or naiveté)

  3. 3 a rule of conduct or action laid down by a governing authority and especially a legislature <the Americans with Disabilities Act requires public buildings to have wheelchair access> Synonyms law, bill, constitution, enactment, ordinance, statuteRelated Words command, commandment, decree, dictate, directive, edict, fiat, ruling; bylaw, ground rule, regulation, rule; amendment, legislation; common law, martial law; blue law; prohibition, proscription, restriction; canon, capitulary, encyclicalNear Antonyms higher law

  4. 4 something done by someone <it's acts such as this—lying about having to work late—that make me feel like I can't trust you> Synonyms action, deed, doing, exploit, feat, thingRelated Words accomplishment, achievement, attainment; adventure, experience; emprise, enterprise, initiative, undertaking; handiwork, performance, work; stunt, trick; activity, dealing; maneuver, measure, move, operation, procedure, proceeding, step, tactic; coaction




act

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of act

  1. 1 to present a portrayal or performance of <a local student acted the part of Tiny Tim in our theater company's production of A Christmas Carol> Synonyms do, impersonate, interpret, perform, play, portray Related Words depict, dramatize, render, represent; act out, enact, pantomime, playact, role-play, take on; overact, overplay, underplay; ape, clown, ham, imitate, masquerade, mime, mimic, pose (as); star (in); coact, costar

  2. 2 to produce a desired effect <the painkiller acted surprisingly quickly> Synonyms operate, perform, take, work Related Words behave, react, respond; affect, influence, sway; pan out, redound, result Phrases take effect, take hold Near Antonyms backfire; fizzle

  3. 3 to give the impression of being <always acting helpless, just to get attention> Synonyms seem, appear, come across (as), come off (as), feel, look, make, soundRelated Words dissemble, pretend; recall, resemble, suggest; hint, imply, insinuate

  4. 4 to have a certain purpose <the tail feathers of woodpeckers act as props while the birds excavate tree trunks for insects> Synonyms function, perform, serve, workRelated Words operate, run; administer, carry on, control, direct, guide, handle, manage, oversee, regulate, supervise

  5. 5 to present a false appearance of <if you act confidence long enough, you'll begin to actually feel it> Synonyms feign, affect, assume, bluff, counterfeit, dissemble, fake, pass (for), pretend, profess, put on, sham, simulateRelated Words dissimulate, impersonate, let on, masquerade, play, playact, pose; forge, imitate; camouflage, conceal, disguise, mask; feint; malinger

  6. 6 to pretend to be (what one is not) in appearance or behavior <someone who is willing to act the helpless little thing when she wants attention> Synonyms impersonate, masquerade (as), personate, play, pose (as)Related Words ape, copy, imitate, mime, mimic, mock, monkey, parody, travesty; perform, portray




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