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Wiktionary1.0 / 1 vote

  1. actnoun

    A product of a legislative body, a statute.

    He's acting strangely - I think there's something wrong with him.

    Synonyms:
    statute

  2. actnoun

    To have an effect (on).

    Synonyms:
    deed

  3. actnoun

    A display of behaviour.

    Synonyms:
    pretense

English Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. actnoun

    An act is strictly and originally something accomplished by an exercise of power, in which sense it is synonymous with deed or effect. Action is a doing. Act is therefore single, individual, momentary; action a complex of acts, or a process, state, or habit of exerting power. We say a virtuous act, but rather a virtuous course of action. We speak of the action of an acid upon a metal, not of its act. Act is used, also, for the simple exertion of power; as, an act of will. In this sense an act does not necessarily imply an external effect, while an action does. Morally, the act of murder is in the determination to kill; legally, the act is not complete without the striking of the fatal blow. Act and deed are both used for the thing done, but act refers to the power put forth, deed to the result accomplished; as, a voluntary act, a bad deed. In connection with other words act is more usually qualified by the use of another noun, action by an adjective preceding; we may say a kind act, though oftener an act of kindness, but only a kind action, not an action of kindness. As between act and deed, deed is commonly used of great, notable, and impressive acts, as are achievement, exploit, and feat.

    Festus: We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths.

    Bailey Festus, A Country Town, sc. 7.

    A feat exhibits strength, skill, personal power, whether mental or physical, especially the latter; as, a feat of arms, a feat of memory. An exploit is a conspicuous or glorious deed, involving valor or heroism, usually combined with strength, skill, loftiness of thought, and readiness of resource; an achievement is the doing of something great and noteworthy; an exploit is brilliant, but its effect may be transient; an achievement is solid, and its effect enduring. Act and action are both in contrast to all that is merely passive and receptive. The intensest action is easier than passive endurance.

    Synonyms:
    accomplishment, achievement, action, consummation, deed, doing, effect, execution, exercise, exertion, exploit, feat, motion, movement, operation, performance, proceeding, transaction, work

    Antonyms:
    cessation, deliberation, endurance, immobility, inaction, inactivity, inertia, passion (In philosophic sense), quiescence, quiet, repose, rest, suffering, suspension

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes

  1. actnoun

    Synonyms:
    deed, performance, action, movement, proceeding, exercise, operation, play

    Antonyms:
    inaction, rest, repose, cessation, suspension, quiet, immobility, inertia, quiescence

Princeton's WordNet0.0 / 0 votes

  1. act, enactmentnoun

    a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body

    Synonyms:
    characterization, bit, deed, personation, human action, number, human activity, portrayal, enactment, turn, passage, routine

    Antonyms:
    forbear, refrain

  2. act, deed, human action, human activitynoun

    something that people do or cause to happen

    Synonyms:
    deed of conveyance, bit, deed, title, human action, number, human activity, enactment, turn, routine

    Antonyms:
    refrain, forbear

  3. actnoun

    a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

    Synonyms:
    bit, deed, human action, number, human activity, enactment, turn, routine

    Antonyms:
    forbear, refrain

  4. act, routine, number, turn, bitnoun

    a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program

    "he did his act three times every evening"; "she had a catchy little routine"; "it was one of the best numbers he ever did"

    Synonyms:
    turn, figure, routine, morsel, spot, piece, twist, turning, procedure, function, bit, flake, second, snatch, bend, subroutine, modus operandi, crook, turn of events, round, deed, mo, subprogram, tour, fleck, chip, go, telephone number, play, identification number, number, minute, phone number, spell, numeral, scrap, moment, human activity, good turn, bout, enactment, bite, issue, human action

    Antonyms:
    refrain, forbear

  5. actverb

    a manifestation of insincerity

    "he put on quite an act for her benefit"

    Synonyms:
    bit, deed, human action, number, human activity, enactment, turn, routine

    Antonyms:
    refrain, forbear

  6. act, moveverb

    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

    "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "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:
    pretend, be active, locomote, impress, actuate, play, represent, strike, dissemble, prompt, move, propel, work, motivate, roleplay, displace, playact, affect, run, proceed, go, act as, incite, travel, behave, do, make a motion

    Antonyms:
    forbear, refrain

  7. act, behave, doverb

    behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself

    "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"

    Synonyms:
    perform, playact, dissemble, comport, move, behave, get along, carry, suffice, fare, answer, deport, make, roleplay, arrange, coif, act as, execute, manage, cause, work, do, coiffure, play, represent, make out, practice, acquit, conduct, exercise, pretend, come, coiffe, serve, set, practise, dress, bear

    Antonyms:
    forbear, refrain

  8. act, play, representverb

    play a role or part

    "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master"

    Synonyms:
    take on, fiddle, dissemble, interpret, bet, spiel, bring, make up, behave, run, symbolize, trifle, play, diddle, meet, lay out, move, roleplay, dally, typify, be, act as, toy, encounter, stand for, playact, flirt, do, make for, wager, represent, stage, exemplify, recreate, pretend, present, comprise, symbolise, work, correspond, constitute, map, wreak, defend

    Antonyms:
    forbear, refrain

  9. actverb

    discharge one's duties

    "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"

    Synonyms:
    play, move, behave, roleplay, pretend, dissemble, do, playact, work, act as, represent

    Antonyms:
    forbear, refrain

  10. act, play, act asverb

    pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind

    "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"

    Synonyms:
    pretend, make for, flirt, play, represent, dissemble, dally, recreate, wager, move, wreak, take on, work, toy, roleplay, playact, bet, run, fiddle, spiel, diddle, meet, act as, bring, encounter, trifle, behave, do

    Antonyms:
    forbear, refrain

  11. actverb

    be suitable for theatrical performance

    "This scene acts well"

    Synonyms:
    play, move, behave, roleplay, pretend, dissemble, do, playact, work, act as, represent

    Antonyms:
    refrain, forbear

  12. work, actverb

    have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected

    "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"

    Synonyms:
    knead, turn, operate, dissemble, shape, bring, move, behave, work out, run, function, put to work, forge, lick, solve, make, roleplay, figure out, form, pretend, mould, sour, playact, work, do, exploit, go, play, represent, do work, make for, mold, puzzle out, act upon, process, crop, exercise, act as, ferment, influence, work on, wreak, cultivate

    Antonyms:
    forbear, refrain

  13. actverb

    be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure

    Synonyms:
    play, move, behave, roleplay, pretend, dissemble, do, playact, work, act as, represent

    Antonyms:
    refrain, forbear

  14. dissemble, pretend, actverb

    behave unnaturally or affectedly

    "She's just acting"

    Synonyms:
    pretend, dissemble, make believe, play, represent, mask, move, work, cloak, venture, roleplay, playact, affect, hazard, feign, do, sham, guess, profess, behave, make, act as

    Antonyms:
    forbear, refrain

  15. act, play, roleplay, playactverb

    perform on a stage or theater

    "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

    Synonyms:
    pretend, make for, flirt, play, represent, dissemble, dally, recreate, wager, move, wreak, take on, work, toy, roleplay, playact, bet, run, fiddle, spiel, diddle, meet, act as, bring, encounter, trifle, behave, do

    Antonyms:
    refrain, forbear

Editors Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  1. stand in for

    Submitted by rinat on August 11, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. actverb

    Synonyms:
    work, move, carry any thing into effect, execute a purpose, be in action

  2. actverb

    Synonyms:
    behave, conduct one's self, demean one's self, acquit one's self

  3. actverb

    Synonyms:
    operate, have influence

  4. actverb

    Synonyms:
    do, perform, execute, carry into execution

  5. actverb

    Synonyms:
    personate, play, simulate, enact, play the part of, take the part of

  6. actnoun

    Synonyms:
    deed (viewed as a single exertion of power), ACTION, performance, proceeding, thing, exploit, feat, achievement, turn

  7. actnoun

    Synonyms:
    statute, enactment, ordinance, edict, decree, law, bill

  8. actnoun

    Synonyms:
    fact, reality, actuality, real existence

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. actnoun

    Synonyms:
    performance, feat, stunt , exploit, achievement, deed, action, procedure, turn, decree, edict, law, statute, enactment, ordinance

  2. actverb

    Synonyms:
    behave, deport one's self, play, personate, impersonate, mimic, feign, counterfeit, simulate, dissemble

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How to use act in a sentence?

  1. Rollins College:

    We are all called to serve as an everyday act of humility ; as a habit of mind ; to see the worth in every person we serve.

  2. Prime Minister Manuel Valls:

    This is not a French Patriot Act.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    We're going to have to reexamine not just the Cuban Adjustment Act and make changes to it based on new realities but also the benefits people are qualifying for.

  4. Jeremy Farrar:

    It's essential that this new body is accountable and can show leadership in the face of emerging health threats, with the authority and independence to act quickly when needed, the support of the global community is also crucial if we are to avert another catastrophe on the scale of Ebola.

  5. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus:

    It is now the EU's turn to fulfill its responsibilities. I believe it will act in line with the deal as Turkey has done so much for it. Cancellation of the deal is not on our agenda, and we will continue to do our part for the deal to succeed, the drop in the number of refugees arriving in Europe is clear evidence that Turkey is taking the deal seriously.


Translations for act

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  • عملArabic
  • эш, ғәмәлBashkir
  • дзейнічаць, падзейнічаць, паступіць, паступацьBelarusian
  • държа се, въздействам, играя, върша, правя, постъпвам, действам, деяние, действие, постъпка, постановление, документ, законBulgarian
  • comportar, portar, actuar, acteCatalan, Valencian
  • působit, skutek, dějství, čin, zákonCzech
  • actio, deddfWelsh
  • optræde, opføre, agere, handle, spille, virke, akt, handling, dådDanish
  • benehmen, agieren, fungieren, tun, wirken, handeln, auswirken, spielen, machen, Spiel, Handlung, Akt, Tat, Rechtsgeschäft, Gesetz, Verordnung, AkteGerman
  • dɔwɔwɔEwe
  • υποδύομαι, πράττω, συμπεριφέρομαι, δρω, ενεργώ, επενεργώ, πράξη, διάβημα, ενέργειαGreek
  • aktori, agi, agoEsperanto
  • comportar, actuar, acto, ley, hecho, acciónSpanish
  • tegu, vaatusEstonian
  • کارPersian
  • näytellä, toimia, vaikuttaa, tehdä, tekeminen, näytös, laki, olemassaolo, teko, pöytäkirjaFinnish
  • se comporter, jouer, faire, agir, acte, action, loi, éditFrench
  • achd, gnìomh, earrannScottish Gaelic
  • comportar, portar, actuar, actoGalician
  • אקט, חק, פעולה, מעשה, מערכהHebrew
  • játszikHungarian
  • գործողություն, արարք, ակտArmenian
  • fare, agire, comportarsi, legge, messinscena, atto, scena, numeroItalian
  • 演技, 行動, 行為, 法令, 幕Japanese
  • ទង្វើKhmer
  • kirin, tesîr kirin, lîstin, kar, hebûn, xebat, perde, bîrname, kiryar, qanûnKurdish
  • иш аракет, аракет, иш, кыймылKyrgyz
  • facio, gero, geror, ago, me geroLatin
  • agéierenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • tēlot, cēliensLatvian
  • tindak, lakon, pura, akta, babak, اکتاMalay
  • werken, optreden, opvoeren, reageren, spelen, acteren, handelen, gedragen, toneelspelen, handeling, akte, wet, daadDutch
  • acteOccitan
  • ଧାରାOriya
  • zachowywać, grać, zachować się, akt, działanie, czynPolish
  • agir, comportar-se, atuar, ato, ata, açãoPortuguese
  • вести, влиять, действовать, играть, делать, поступать, деяние, акт, постановление, поступок, действие, дело, притворство, закон, документ, играRussian
  • ක්‍රියාව, පනතSinhala, Sinhalese
  • čin, skutok, dejstvoSlovak
  • handla, spela, uppföra, agera, bete, handling, dåd, aktSwedish
  • tenda, kitendoSwahili
  • செயல்Tamil
  • నటించు, ప్రవర్తించు, క్రియ, చేత, పని, అంకము, చర్య, చట్టంTelugu
  • поводитись, грати, чинити, діяти, акт, дія, вчинокUkrainian

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