Other forms: acting; acted; acts

When you do something, you act. A commercial that says "Act now!" means "Get up from the couch and order me! This minute!"

Act is both a noun and a verb. You can perform an act of kindness or violence. Or, you can act in a play. People who take on roles and perform them are actors. Likewise, plays, operas, and ballets are broken down into acts. You may have seen references to Shakespeare's plays, such as "Act I, Scene IV." Comedians refer to their shows as acts. Other performers, from magicians to lion tamers, sometimes do the same: a magic act is a magician's show.

Definitions of act
  1. verb
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
    “You should act like an adult”
    “The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people”
    synonyms: behave, do
    act as, play
    pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
    dissemble, pretend
    behave unnaturally or affectedly
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    act involuntarily, act reflexively
    act in an uncontrolled manner
    bend over backwards, fall over backwards
    try very hard to please someone
    take liberties or act with too much confidence
    vulgarise, vulgarize
    act in a vulgar manner
    optimise, optimize
    act as an optimist and take a sunny view of the world
    act as a medical quack or a charlatan
    act in a threatening manner
    act in a certain way so as to acquire
    bluster, swagger, swash
    act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner
    suddenly behave coldly and formally
    behave extremely cruelly and brutally
    act in a romantic way
    sentimentalise, sentimentalize, sentimentise, sentimentize
    act in a sentimental way or indulge in sentimental thoughts or expression
    spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly
    play, toy
    engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously
    act as, play
    pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
    act as a stooge, in a compliant or subordinate manner
    jest, joke
    act in a funny or teasing way
    act in a trivial or ineffective way
    behave in a certain way
    make as if
    begin or appear to begin an action
    break down, lose it, snap
    lose control of one's emotions
    dally, dawdle
    waste time
    display excessive cordiality (towards)
    hugger mugger
    act stealthily or secretively
    behave saucily or impudently towards
    act foolishly, as by talking nonsense
    frivol, trifle
    act frivolously
    puff up, swell
    become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger
    accept and follow the leadership or command or guidance of
    loosen up, relax
    become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner
    rage, ramp, storm
    behave violently, as if in state of a great anger
    exhale spasmodically, as when an irritant entered one's nose
    blink, nictate, nictitate, wink
    briefly shut the eyes
    expel intestinal gases through the anus
    produce saliva
    antic, clown, clown around
    act as or like a clown
    lose control emotionally
    be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame
    fall apart, go to pieces
    lose one's emotional or mental composure
  2. verb
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
    “think before you act
    “The governor should act on the new energy bill”
    “The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel”
    synonyms: move
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    forbear, refrain
    resist doing something
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    alternate, take turns
    do something in turns
    end up, fetch up, finish, finish up, land up, wind up
    finally be or do something
    festinate, hasten, hurry, look sharp, rush
    act or move at high speed
    disturb, interrupt
    destroy the peace or tranquility of
    react, respond
    show a response or a reaction to something
    go ahead, plow ahead
    proceed (with a plan of action)
    aggress, attack
    take the initiative and go on the offensive
    do forcibly; exert force
    pursue a creative activity; be engaged in a creative activity
    come forward, come out, come to the fore, step forward, step to the fore, step up
    make oneself visible; take action
    pay back, repay, reward
    act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
    satisfice, satisfise
    decide on and pursue a course of action satisfying the minimum requirements to achieve a goal
    maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre
    act in order to achieve a certain goal
    dispose of rapidly and without delay and efficiently
    practice evasion
    to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others
    habitually do something (use only in the past tense)
    play it by ear
    decide on one's actions as one goes along, depending on the situation
    act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome
    take action with respect to (someone or something)
    act as a partner
    make a great effort at a mental or physical task
    act in a way that attracts attention
    act, feel, or give mutually or in return
    go, move, proceed
    follow a procedure or take a course
    come close
    nearly do something
    perform a function
    dare, make bold, presume
    take upon oneself; act presumptuously, without permission
    engage, prosecute, pursue
    carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
    act on
    regulate one's behavior in accordance with certain information, ideas, or advice
    act together or towards others or with others
    oppose, react
    act against or in opposition to
    take time by the forelock
    act quickly and decisively; not let slip an opportunity
    act together, as of organisms
    offer, volunteer
    agree freely
    get around to
    do something despite obstacles such as lack of time
    dally, flirt, play, toy
    behave carelessly or indifferently
    approach, go about, set about
    begin to deal with
    participate, take part
    share in something
    misbehave, misconduct, misdemean
    behave badly
    condescend, lower oneself, stoop
    debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way
    acquit, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
    behave in a certain manner
    behave, comport
    behave well or properly
    assay, attempt, essay, seek, try
    make an effort or attempt
    court, romance, solicit, woo
    make amorous advances towards
    engage in social activities leading to marriage
    be courageous enough to try or do something
    act so as to bring into existence
    antagonise, antagonize, counteract
    act in opposition to
    anticipate, counter, foresee, forestall
    act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
    conduct a prosecution in a court of law
    commit, perpetrate, pull
    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
    act violently, recklessly, or destructively
    contend, cope, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage
    come to terms with
    condescend, deign, descend
    do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
    behave in a patronizing and condescending manner
    take care
    be careful, prudent, or watchful
    act superior, lord it over, put on airs, queen it over
    act like the master of
    act, usually en masse, hurriedly or on an impulse
    make a point, make sure
    make a point of doing something; act purposefully and intentionally
    repeat, take over
    do over
    come upon or take unawares
    smuggle, sneak
    put, bring, or take in a secretive or furtive manner
    behave in a certain way
    carry out
    take precautions in order to avoid some unwanted consequence
    begin, start
    begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object
    go off at half-cock, go off half-cocked
    act prematurely or without reflection or too soon
    hold back, hold off, wait
    wait before acting
    continue, go along, go on, keep, proceed
    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
    do well, had best
    act in one's own or everybody's best interest
    continue after an interruption
    continue, persist in
    do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop
    take turns working
    regard or consider in a specific way
    react in an offended or angry manner
    collude, conspire
    act in unison or agreement and in secret towards a deceitful or illegal purpose
    flip, flip out
    react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way
    show an exaggerated response to something
    react to a stimulus or command
    be sexually responsive to, used of a female domesticated mammal
    react to a decoy, of wildfowl
    respond favorably or as hoped
    react to in a certain way
    show a violent emotional reaction
    react favorably to; consider right and proper
    respond to a signal
    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
    reach out
    attempt to communicate
    balk, decline, refuse
    show unwillingness towards
    accept, consent, go for
    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
    confront, face, face up
    deal with (something unpleasant) head on
    condescend, patronise, patronize
    treat condescendingly
    marvel, wonder
    be amazed at
    pick up the gauntlet, take a dare
    be dared to do something and attempt it
    acknowledge, notice
    express recognition of the presence or existence of, or acquaintance with
    be in verbal contact; interchange information or ideas
    place into check
    place under attack with one's own pieces, of two enemy pieces
    exhaust by attacking repeatedly
    immobilize a piece
    seize and throw down an opponent player, who usually carries the ball
    apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
    engage in drawing
    make a painting
    be engaged in building
    be flustered; behave in a confused manner
    control, keep in line, manipulate
    control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage
    perform a special church rite or service for
    conduct business
    return in kind
    exert (oneself) excessively and go beyond one's strength
    proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity
    embark, venture
    proceed somewhere despite the risk of possible dangers
    steamroll, steamroller
    proceed with great force
    assert, put forward
    insist on having one's opinions and rights recognized
    commit, practice
    engage in or perform
    engage at close quarters
    engage in political activities
    act on, follow up on, pursue
    carry further or advance
    marginalise, marginalize
    relegate to a lower or outer edge, as of specific groups of people
    behave in a certain way towards others
    join for a common purpose or in a common action
    have a personal or business relationship with someone
    buck, go against
    act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding
    invite, pay for
    have as a guest
    socialise, socialize
    take part in social activities; interact with others
    connect, get in touch, touch base
    establish communication with someone
    fight, struggle
    make a strenuous or labored effort
    assemble, foregather, forgather, gather, meet
    collect in one place
    partake in
    be active in
    have or establish a relationship to
    do by, handle, treat
    interact in a certain way
    fall all over
    display excessive love or show excessive gratitude towards
    fall from grace
    revert back to bad behavior after a period of good behavior
    act up, carry on
    misbehave badly; act in a silly or improper way
    walk around
    behave in a certain manner or have certain properties
    live or behave in a specified manner
    assert oneself
    put oneself forward in an assertive and insistent manner
    pose, posture
    behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others
    give it a try, have a go
    make an attempt at something
    search blindly or uncertainly
    endeavor, endeavour, strive
    attempt by employing effort
    give it a try, give it a whirl
    chase, chase after
    pursue someone sexually or romantically
    attract attention by displaying some body part or posing; of animals
    interfere, interpose, intervene, step in
    get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force
    adventure, chance, gamble, hazard, risk, run a risk, take a chance, take chances
    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
    lay on the line, put on the line, risk
    expose to a chance of loss or damage
    bring to bear
    bring into operation or effect
    extend to a certain degree
    make effective from an earlier date
    carry out or commit
    commit once again, as of a crime
    take part in a riot; disturb the public peace by engaging in a riot
    extemporize, improvise
    manage in a makeshift way; make do with whatever is at hand
    try to manage without help
    cut, hack
    be able to manage or manage successfully
    rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by
    manage one's existence barely
    affiliate, associate, assort, consort
    keep company with; hang out with
    philander, womanise, womanize
    have amorous affairs; of men
    cope with, match, meet
    satisfy or fulfill
    catch unawares, especially with harmful consequences
    remember oneself
    recover one's good manners after a lapse or stop behaving badly
    hold out
    wait uncompromisingly for something desirable
    act later than planned, scheduled, or required
    remain in a certain state, position, or condition
    keep going, run on
    continue uninterrupted
    continue undisturbed and without interference
    refuse, reject, resist
    resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ
    repeat, renew, or resume some action
  3. verb
    be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
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    be at play; be engaged in playful activity; amuse oneself in a way characteristic of children
    drive around
    drive without any particular aim
    walk around
    walk randomly
    engage in rough or disorderly play
    fool, fool around, horse around
    indulge in horseplay
    cavort, disport, frisk, frolic, gambol, lark, lark about, rollick, romp, run around, skylark, sport
    play boisterously
    dabble, paddle, splash around
    play in or as if in water, as of small children
  4. verb
    have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected
    “The breaks of my new car act quickly”
    synonyms: work
    bring, make for, play, work, wreak
    cause to happen or to occur as a consequence
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    bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
    attain success or reach a desired goal
  5. verb
    discharge one's duties
    “She acts as the chair”
    “In what capacity are you acting?”
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    criticise, criticize
    act as a critic
    act as the banker in a game or in gambling
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    do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function
  6. verb
    pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
    “He acted the idiot”
    synonyms: act as, play
    behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
    play, represent
    play a role or part
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    behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
  7. verb
    behave unnaturally or affectedly
    “She's just acting
    synonyms: dissemble, pretend
    behave, do
    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
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    assume, feign, sham, simulate
    make a pretence of
    pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
    deceive by a mock action
  8. noun
    something that people do or cause to happen
    synonyms: deed, human action, human activity
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    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
    acquiring, getting
    the act of acquiring something
    causation, causing
    the act of causing something to happen
    delivery, obstetrical delivery
    the act of delivering a child
    departure, going, going away, leaving
    the act of departing
    discovery, find, uncovering
    the act of discovering something
    disposal, disposition
    the act or means of getting rid of something
    effectuation, implementation
    the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect
    egress, egression, emergence
    the act of coming (or going) out; becoming apparent
    equalisation, equalization, leveling
    the act of making equal or uniform
    digging up, disinterment, exhumation
    the act of digging something out of the ground (especially a corpse) where it has been buried
    mitsvah, mitzvah
    (Judaism) a good deed performed out of religious duty
    actuation, propulsion
    the act of propelling
    recovery, retrieval
    the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)
    running away
    the act of leaving (without permission) the place you are expected to be
    touch, touching
    the act of putting two things together with no space between them
    nonaccomplishment, nonachievement
    an act that does not achieve its intended goal
    the act of deviating from a vertical position
    motivating, motivation
    the act of motivating; providing incentive
    the act of assuming or taking for granted
    the act of rejecting something
    forfeit, forfeiture, sacrifice
    the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.
    the act of deriving something or obtaining something from a source or origin
    any specific behavior
    the act of hiring something or someone
    wear, wearing
    the act of having on your person as a covering or adornment
    assessment, judgement, judgment
    the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event
    the act or process of producing something
    continuing or remaining in a place or state
    abidance, residence, residency
    the act of dwelling in a place
    being inactive; being less active
    hinderance, hindrance, interference
    the act of hindering or obstructing or impeding
    stop, stoppage
    the act of stopping something
    group action
    action taken by a group of people
    the act of distributing or spreading or apportioning
    the act of rendering a person legitimate
    permissive waste, waste
    (law) reduction in the value of an estate caused by act or neglect
    proclamation, promulgation
    the formal act of proclaiming; giving public notice
    communicating, communication
    the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information
    speech act
    the use of language to perform some act
    an action
    benignity, kindness
    a kind act
    accomplishment, achievement
    the action of accomplishing something
    the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly
    the action of putting something into operation
    res gestae
    things done
    course, course of action
    a mode of action
    a mutual or reciprocal action; interacting
    the action of fetching
    the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation
    play, swordplay
    the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully
    the act of arriving at a certain place
    breaking away
    departing hastily
    farewell, leave, leave-taking, parting
    the act of departing politely
    French leave
    an abrupt and unannounced departure (without saying farewell)
    disappearance, disappearing
    the act of leaving secretly or without explanation
    the act of withdrawing
    stand-down, standdown
    (military) a temporary stop of offensive military action
    the departure of a vessel from a port
    boarding, embarkation, embarkment
    the act of passengers and crew getting aboard a ship or aircraft
    the act of going out
    the act of running away with a lover (usually to get married)
    escape, flight
    the act of escaping physically
    emerging to the surface and becoming apparent
    despatch, dispatch, shipment
    the act of sending off something
    an act that fails
    foiling, frustration, thwarting
    an act of hindering someone's plans or efforts
    error, fault, mistake
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
    the act of contracting or assuming or acquiring possession of something
    obtainment, obtention
    the act of obtaining
    catching, contracting
    becoming infected
    the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or axiom
    a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner
    moving in, occupancy, occupation
    the act of occupying or taking possession of a building
    capture, gaining control, seizure
    the act of forcibly dispossessing an owner of property
    the action of regaining possession (especially the seizure of collateral securing a loan that is in default)
    receipt, reception
    the act of receiving
    (law) the act of disposing of property by virtue of the power of appointment
    the act of carefully weeding out unwanted things or people
    disposing of property by voluntary transfer without receiving value in return
    the voluntary surrender of property (or a right to property) without attempting to reclaim it or give it away
    mine disposal
    the disposal of explosive mines
    sewage disposal
    the disposal of sewage
    the recovery of useful substances from waste products
    deliverance, delivery, rescue, saving
    recovery or preservation from loss or danger
    the act of freeing from captivity or punishment
    recapture, retaking
    the act of taking something back
    the act of appealing for help
    the act of providing or using the instruments needed for some implementation
    carrying into action, carrying out, execution, performance
    the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
    motorisation, motorization
    the act of motorizing (equiping with motors or with motor vehicles)
    launch, launching
    the act of propelling with force
    the act of moving a newly built vessel into the water for the first time
    drive, driving force, thrust
    the act of applying force to propel something
    bowl, roll
    the act of rolling something (as the ball in bowling)
    the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
    push, pushing
    the act of applying force in order to move something away
    pull, pulling
    the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
    heave, lift, raise
    the act of raising something
    ejection, expulsion, forcing out, projection
    the act of expelling or projecting or ejecting
    jump, jumping
    the act of jumping; propelling yourself off the ground
    the act of propelling something (as a ball or shell etc.) in a high arc
    the act of causing something to go (especially messages)
    rolling, wheeling
    propelling something on wheels
    shooting, shot
    the act of firing a projectile
    contact, physical contact
    the act of touching physically
    dab, pat, tap
    a light touch or stroke
    hit, hitting, striking
    the act of contacting one thing with another
    dig, jab
    the act of touching someone suddenly with your finger or elbow
    a light glancing touch
    buss, kiss, osculation
    the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)
    catch, grab, snap, snatch
    the act of catching an object with the hands
    handling, manipulation
    the action of touching with the hands (or the skillful use of the hands) or by the use of mechanical means
    touching something with the fingers
    the act of groping; and instance of groping
    palpation, tactual exploration
    a method of examination in which the examiner feels the size or shape or firmness or location of something (of body parts when the examiner is a health professional)
    tickle, tickling, titillation
    the act of tickling
    stroke, stroking
    a light touch with the hands
    (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game)
    lap, lick
    touching with the tongue
    grazing, shaving, skimming
    the act of brushing against while passing
    the discovery and description of the course of development of something
    catching, detection, espial, spotting, spying
    the act of detecting something; catching sight of something
    discovering your own individuality
    making an important discovery
    determination, finding
    the act of determining the properties of something, usually by research or calculation
    the act of discovering again
    induction, initiation, trigger
    an act that sets in motion some course of events
    coercion, compulsion
    using force to cause something to occur
    causing something without any direct or apparent effort
    inducement, inducing
    act of bringing about a desired result
    choice, option, pick, selection
    the act of choosing or selecting
    assigning, assignment
    the act of distributing something to designated places or persons
    agency, means, way
    how a result is obtained or an end is achieved
    the opinion of a group as determined by voting
    balancing, reconciliation
    getting two things to correspond
    equating, equation
    the act of regarding as equal
    breech birth, breech delivery, breech presentation
    delivery of an infant whose feet or buttocks appear first
    C-section, abdominal delivery, caesarean, caesarean delivery, caesarean section, caesarian, caesarian delivery, caesarian section, cesarean, cesarean delivery, cesarean section, cesarian, cesarian section
    the delivery of a fetus by surgical incision through the abdominal wall and uterus (from the belief that Julius Caesar was born that way)
    forceps delivery
    delivery in which forceps are inserted through the vagina and used to grasp the head of the fetus and pull it through the birth canal; since the forceps can injure the fetus this procedure has generally given way to cesarean deliveries
    assisting women at childbirth
    the action of changing something
    economy, saving
    an act of economizing; reduction in cost
    variance, variation
    an activity that varies from a norm or standard
    forbiddance, inhibition, prohibition
    the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)
    opposition, resistance
    the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with
    a curt or disdainful rejection
    avoidance, dodging, shunning, turning away
    the act of deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening
    abandonment, desertion, forsaking
    the act of giving something up
    forgoing, forswearing, renunciation
    the act of renouncing; sacrificing or giving up or surrendering (a possession or right or title or privilege etc.)
    nonacceptance, turndown
    the act of refusing an offer
    banishment, proscription
    rejection by means of an act of banishing or proscribing someone
    act of removing from office or employment
    involuntarily or unconsciously clenching or grinding the teeth, typically during sleep
    space walk
    any kind of physical activity outside a spacecraft by one of the crew
    the group action of a collection of people or animals or vehicles moving ahead in more or less regular formation
    a departure; especially of airplanes
    the act of taking aboard passengers or freight
    the action of pouring a liquid from one vessel to another
    domestic activities or life
    the activity of operating something (a machine or business etc.)
    a planned activity involving many people performing various actions
    pattern, practice
    a customary way of operation or behavior
    practice, praxis
    translating an idea into action
    diversion, recreation
    an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
    bag, cup of tea, dish
    an activity that you like or at which you are superior
    follow-up, followup
    an activity that continues something that has already begun or that repeats something that has already been done
    a contest with rules to determine a winner
    play, turn
    (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession
    dribble, dribbling
    the propulsion of a ball by repeated taps or kicks
    musical activity (singing or whistling etc.)
    acting, performing, playacting, playing
    the performance of a part or role in a drama
    animation, liveliness
    general activity and motion
    burst, fit
    a sudden flurry of activity (often for no obvious reason)
    activity directed toward making or doing something
    deeds, works
    performance of moral or religious acts
    (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him
    business, job, line, line of work, occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
    any activity that occupies a person's attention
    committal to writing, writing
    the activity of putting something in written form
    haemostasia, haemostasis, hemostasia, hemostasis
    surgical procedure of stopping the flow of blood (as with a hemostat)
    judgment involved in the determination of rights and the assignment of rewards and punishments
    pickings, taking
    the act of someone who picks up or takes something
    normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting
    actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct
    activity that transgresses moral or civil law
    carelessness, neglect, negligence, nonperformance
    failure to act with the prudence that a reasonable person would exercise under the same circumstances
    dissipation, waste, wastefulness
    useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
    the action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit
    attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    the activity of managing or exerting control over something
    the activity of protecting someone or something
    the final judgment in a legal proceeding; the act of pronouncing judgment based on the evidence presented
    the act of disapproving or condemning
    evaluation, rating
    act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of
    estimate, estimation
    a judgment of the qualities of something or somebody
    logistic assessment
    a judgment of the logistic support required for some particular military operation
    value judgement, value judgment
    an assessment that reveals more about the values of the person making the assessment than about the reality of what is assessed
    sensory activity
    activity intended to achieve a particular sensory result
    didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching
    the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill
    grooming, preparation, training
    activity leading to skilled behavior
    an activity that stands as an equivalent of something or results in an equivalent
    creation, creative activity
    the human act of creating
    disassembly, dismantlement, dismantling
    the act of taking something apart (as a piece of machinery)
    activity intended to produce rain
    devising, fashioning, making
    the act that results in something coming to be
    the production of foil by cutting or beating metal into thin leaves
    the act of puncturing or perforating
    hunt, hunting, search
    the activity of looking thoroughly in order to find something or someone
    employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization
    the act of using
    action, military action
    a military engagement
    military operation, operation
    activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)
    battle, conflict, struggle
    an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals)
    the overthrow of a government by those who are governed
    aggression, hostility
    violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
    measure, measurement, measuring, mensuration
    the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
    calibration, standardisation, standardization
    the act of checking or adjusting (by comparison with a standard) the accuracy of a measuring instrument
    organisation, organization
    the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically
    the activity of putting things together in groups
    support, supporting
    the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
    continuance, continuation
    the act of continuing an activity without interruption
    procedure, process
    a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
    any activity that is performed in an especially solemn elaborate or formal way
    the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion
    the activity of worshipping
    activating, activation, energizing
    the activity of causing to have energy and be active
    concealing, concealment, hiding
    the activity of keeping something secret
    emplacement, locating, location, placement, position, positioning
    the act of putting something in a certain place
    the act of lodging
    occupancy, tenancy
    an act of being a tenant or occupant
    sojourn, visit
    a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)
    layover, stop, stopover
    a brief stay in the course of a journey
    provision, supply, supplying
    the activity of supplying or providing something
    the act of demanding
    temporary inactivity
    wait, waiting
    the act of waiting (remaining inactive in one place while expecting something)
    ease, relaxation, repose, rest
    freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
    idleness, idling, loafing
    having no employment
    delay, holdup
    the act of delaying; inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time
    an activity that affords enjoyment
    delectation, enjoyment
    the act of receiving pleasure from something
    lamentation, mourning
    the passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
    the activity of laughing; the manifestation of joy or mirth or scorn
    (biochemistry) interference in or inhibition of the physiological action of a chemical substance by another having a similar structure
    the act of obstructing
    the act or process of complicating
    the act or process of discouraging actions or preventing occurrences by instilling fear or doubt or anxiety
    bar, prevention
    the act of preventing
    social activity
    activity considered appropriate on social occasions
    the practice of communal living and common ownership
    alliance, confederation
    the act of forming an alliance or confederation
    decolonisation, decolonization
    the action of changing from colonial to independent status
    the act of disbanding
    the act terminating an established state of affairs; especially ending a connection with the Church of England
    distributing again
    the act of dispensing (giving out in portions)
    allocation, allotment, apportioning, apportionment, assignation, parceling, parcelling
    the act of distributing by allotting or apportioning; distribution according to a plan
    the act of distributing playing cards
    revenue sharing
    distribution of part of the federal tax income to states and municipalities
    share-out, sharing
    a distribution in shares
    lending, loaning
    disposing of money or property with the expectation that the same thing (or an equivalent) will be returned
    market, market place, marketplace
    the world of commercial activity where goods and services are bought and sold
    dealing, dealings, transaction
    the act of transacting within or between groups (as carrying on commercial activities)
    a headlong rush of people on a common impulse
    social control
    control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
    the activities and affairs involved in managing a state or a government
    canalisation, canalization
    the production of a canal or a conversion to canals
    preparation, readying
    the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose
    coup, coup d'etat, putsch, takeover
    a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force
    internationalisation, internationalization
    the act of bringing something under international control
    nationalisation, nationalization
    the action of forming or becoming a nation
    destabilisation, destabilization
    the action of destabilizing; making something less stable (especially of a government or country or economy)
    exchange, interchange
    the act of changing one thing for another thing
    exchange, rally
    (sports) an unbroken sequence of several successive strokes
    compliance, submission
    the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another
    competition, contention, rivalry
    the act of competing as for profit or a prize
    group action in opposition to those in power
    group refusal to resort to violence even in defense against violence
    due process, due process of law
    (law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards
    an act by a government body or supranational organization
    legalisation, legalization, legitimation
    the act of making lawful
    the social act of separating or parting company
    desegregation, integrating, integration
    the action of incorporating a racial or religious group into a community
    joint operation or action
    a group problem-solving technique in which members spontaneously share ideas and solutions
    aid, assist, assistance, help
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities
    employment, engagement
    the act of giving someone a job
    behavior, behaviour, conduct, doings
    manner of acting or controlling yourself
    behavior, behaviour
    (psychology) the aggregate of the responses or reactions or movements made by an organism in any situation
    civility, politeness
    the act of showing regard for others
    an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)
    assemblage, assembly, gathering
    the social act of assembling
    attendance, attending
    the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.)
    the failure to attend
    getting even, paying back, return
    a reciprocal group action
    democratisation, democratization
    the action of making something democratic
    engagement, involution, involvement, participation
    the act of sharing in the activities of a group
    non-engagement, non-involvement, nonparticipation
    withdrawing from the activities of a group
    emanation, emission
    the act of emitting; causing to flow forth
    leadership, leading
    the activity of leading
    precedence, precedency, precession
    the act of preceding in time or order or rank (as in a ceremony)
    any activity that is performed alone without assistance
    a confusion of activity and gossip
    violent and excited activity
    hell, sin
    violent and excited activity
    consultation, reference
    the act of referring or consulting
    accenting, accentuation, emphasizing
    the act of giving special importance or significance to something
    outlet, release, vent
    activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion
    a person's dying act; the final thing a person can do
    the action of rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy
    ethnic cleansing
    the mass expulsion and killing of one ethnic or religious group in an area by another ethnic or religious group in that area
    jump-start, jumpstart
    starting an automobile engine that has a weak battery by means of jumper cables to another car
    mystification, obfuscation
    the activity of obscuring people's understanding, leaving them baffled or bewildered
    the activity or business of negotiating an agreement; coming to terms
    socialisation, socialization
    the action of establishing on a socialist basis
    the action of stupefying; making dull or lethargic
    the actions or practices of a vampire
    communication by means of transmitted signals
    mutual communication; communication with each other
    an intervening substance through which signals can travel as a means for communication
    channel, communication channel, line
    (often plural) a means of communication or access
    mail, mail service, post, postal service
    the system whereby messages are transmitted via the post office
    congratulation, felicitation
    the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
    dramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, theater, theatre
    the art of writing and producing plays
    verbalisation, verbalization
    the activity of expressing something in words
    discourse, discussion, treatment
    an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
    a communication intended to urge or persuade the recipients to take some action
    expression, verbal expression, verbalism
    the communication (in speech or writing) of your beliefs or opinions
    proposal, proposition
    the act of making a proposal
    bid, bidding, command, dictation
    an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
    the verbal act of agreeing
    (law) the act of citing (as of spoken words or written passages or legal precedents etc.)
    the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
    offer, offering
    the verbal act of offering
    asking, request
    the verbal act of requesting
    exam, examination, test
    a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge
    reply, response
    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
    the act of describing something
    affirmation, assertion, statement
    the act of affirming or asserting or stating something
    the act of refusing to comply (as with a request)
    the speech act of rejecting
    the speech act of objecting
    informing, making known
    a speech act that conveys information
    disclosure, revealing, revelation
    the act of making something evident
    a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
    boast, boasting, jactitation, self-praise
    speaking of yourself in superlatives
    the verbal act of naming
    challenge, gauntlet
    a call to engage in a contest or fight
    the act of explaining; making something plain or intelligible
    denouncement, denunciation
    a public act of denouncing
    address, speech
    the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience
    persuasion, suasion
    the act of persuading (or attempting to persuade); communication intended to induce belief or action
    persuading not to do or believe something; talking someone out of a belief or an intended course of action
    expostulation, objection, remonstrance, remonstration
    the act of expressing earnest opposition or protest
    the act of giving up (a claim or office or possession etc.)
    contact, touch
    a communicative interaction
    the amount of activity over a communication system during a given period of time
    disturbance, perturbation
    activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption
    (electronics) the production of (semiconductor) crystals by slow crystallization from the molten state
    steel production
    making steel from pig iron
    the act or process of determining the time
    type of:
    something that happens at a given place and time
  9. noun
    a manifestation of insincerity
    “he put on quite an act for her benefit”
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    expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion
    expression without words
  10. verb
    play a role or part
    “She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role”
    synonyms: play, represent
    act as, play
    pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
    play, playact, roleplay
    perform on a stage or theater
    pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity
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    make, make believe, pretend
    represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like
    play a subordinate role to (another performer)
    act out, enact, reenact
    act out; represent or perform as if in a play
    act out
    represent an incident, state, or emotion by action, especially on stage
    impersonate, portray
    assume or act the character of
    make a spoof of or make fun of
    give expression or emotion to, in a stage or movie role
    play a role again; repeat a performance
    go through the motions
    pretend to do something by acting as if one was really doing it
    type of:
    create anew
  11. verb
    perform on a stage or theater
    “She acts in this play”
    “He acted in `Julius Caesar'”
    synonyms: play, playact, roleplay
    perform on a certain location
    be performed or presented for public viewing
    play, represent
    play a role or part
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    act as the stooge
    mime, pantomime
    act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements only
    ham, ham it up, overact, overplay
    exaggerate one's acting
    underact, underplay
    act (a role) with great restraint
    type of:
    give a performance (of something)
  12. verb
    be suitable for theatrical performance
    “This scene acts well”
    play, playact, roleplay
    perform on a stage or theater
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  13. noun
    a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
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    dramatic composition, dramatic work
    a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
  14. noun
    a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program
    “he did his act three times every evening”
    synonyms: bit, number, routine, turn
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    show-stopper, showstopper, stopper
    an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down
    type of:
    performance, public presentation
    a dramatic or musical entertainment
  15. noun
    a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
    synonyms: enactment
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    something that is null (especially an enactment that has no legal validity)
    decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript
    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
    legislative act, statute
    an act passed by a legislative body
    consent decree
    an agreement between two parties that is sanctioned by the court; for example, a company might agree to stop certain questionable practices without admitting guilt
    an order that after a specific time certain activities (as being outside on the streets) are prohibited
    decree nisi
    a decree issued on a first petition for divorce; becomes absolute at some later date
    imperial decree
    a decree issued by a sovereign ruler
    judicial separation, legal separation
    a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart
    an edict that has been publicly posted
    ban, prohibition, proscription
    a decree that prohibits something
    a judicial order forbidding some action until an event occurs or the order is lifted
    fair-trade act
    formerly a state law that protected manufacturers from price-cutting by allowing them to set minimum retail prices for their merchandise; eliminated by the United States Congress in 1975
    Stamp Act
    an act passed by the British Parliament in 1756 that raised revenue from the American Colonies by a duty in the form of a stamp required on all newspapers and legal or commercial documents; opposition by the Colonies resulted in the repeal of the act in 1766
    enabling act, enabling clause
    a provision in a law that confers on appropriate officials the power to implement or enforce the law
    FISA, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
    an act passed by Congress in 1978 to establish procedures for requesting judicial authorization for foreign intelligence surveillance and to create the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court; intended to increase United States counterintelligence; separate from ordinary law enforcement surveillance
    a statute enacted by a city government
    special act
    a legislative act that applies only to a particular person or particular district
    bull, papal bull
    a formal proclamation issued by the pope (usually written in antiquated characters and sealed with a leaden bulla)
    type of:
    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right




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