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act

noun

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1 a performance regularly presented by an individual or group
  • in his nightclub act he impersonates a veritable galaxy of movie stars

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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

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  • higher law
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

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act

verb

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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

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2 to produce a desired effect
  • the painkiller acted surprisingly quickly

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3 to give the impression of being
  • always acting helpless, just to get attention

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4 to have a certain purpose
  • the tail feathers of woodpeckers act as props while the birds excavate tree trunks for insects

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5 to present a false appearance of
  • if you act confident long enough, you'll begin to actually feel it

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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

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The first known use of act was in the 14th century

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“Act.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/act. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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