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

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    • enactment the passing of a law by a legislative body ; a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body ; acting the part of a character on stage
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    act as in something that people do or cause to happen

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      • deed a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it; something that people do or cause to happen
      • human action something that people do or cause to happen
      • human activity something that people do or cause to happen
      act as in a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
        act as in a short 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"

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        • routine found in the ordinary course of events; an unvarying or habitual method or procedure ; a short performance that is part of a longer program; a set sequence of steps, part of larger computer program
        • number add up in number or quantity; give numbers to; enumerate; put into a group; determine the number or amount of; place a limit on the number of ; the property possessed by a sum or total or indefinite quantity of units or individuals; a concept of quantity involving zero and units; a short performance that is part of a longer program; the number is used in calling a particular telephone; a symbol used to represent a number; one of a series published periodically; a select company of people; a numeral or string of numerals that is used for identification and may be attached to accounts, memberships, etc.; a clothing measurement; a numbered item in a series; the grammatical category for the forms of nouns and pronouns and verbs that are used depending on the number of entities involved (singular or dual or plural); an item of clothing
        • turn a circular segment of a curve; the act of changing or reversing the direction of the course; (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; an unforeseen development; a movement in a new direction; the act of turning away or in the opposite direction; turning or twisting around (in place); a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive ; a short performance that is part of a longer program; a favor for someone; taking a short walk out and back; change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; undergo a transformation or a change of position or action; undergo a change or development; cause to move around or rotate; change to the contrary; pass to the other side of; pass into a condition gradually, take on a specific property or attribute; let (something) fall or spill from a container; move around an axis or a center; cause to move around a center so as to show another side of; to send or let go; to break and turn over earth especially with a plow; shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; change color; twist suddenly so as to sprain; cause to change or turn into something different;assume new characteristics; accomplish by rotating; get by buying and selling; cause to move along an axis or into a new direction; channel one's attention, interest, thought, or attention toward or away from something; cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form; alter the functioning or setting of; direct at someone; have recourse to or make an appeal or request for help or information to; go sour or spoil; become officially one year older
        • bit a small piece or quantity of something; a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; an indefinitely short time; an instance of some kind; piece of metal held in horse's mouth by reins and used to control the horse while riding; a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); a small amount of solid food; a small fragment; a short performance that is part of a longer program; the part of a key that enters a lock and lifts the tumblers ; the cutting part of a drill
        act as in a manifestation of insincerity
        • "he put on quite an act for her benefit"
        act as in 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"

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        • move the act of deciding to do something; the act of changing your residence or place of business; a change of position that does not entail a change of location; the act of changing location from one place to another; (game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game ; change location; cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; change residence, affiliation, or place of employment; follow a procedure or take a course; be in a state of action; go or proceed from one point to another; perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; give an incentive for action; arouse sympathy or compassion in; dispose of by selling; progress by being changed; live one's life in a specified environment; have a turn; propose formally
        act as in 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"

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        • behave behave in a certain manner; behave in a certain manner; behave well or properly
        • do an uproarious party ; the syllable naming the first (tonic) note of any major scale in solmization ; doctor's degree in osteopathy ; engage in; carry out or perform an action; get (something) done; proceed or get along; give rise to; carry out or practice; be sufficient; create or design, often in a certain way; behave in a certain manner; spend time in prison or in a labor camp; carry on or function; arrange attractively; travel or traverse (a distance)
        act as in 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"

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        • play a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; a theatrical performance of a drama; a preset plan of action in team sports; a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; a state in which action is feasible; utilization or exercise; an attempt to get something; activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; the removal of constraints; a weak and tremulous light; verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); movement or space for movement; gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully ; participate in games or sport; act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome; play on an instrument; play a role or part; be at play; replay (as a melody); perform music on (a musical instrument); pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; bet or wager (money); engage in recreational activities rather than work; pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; emit recorded sound; perform on a certain location; put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game; engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously; behave in a certain way; cause to emit recorded audio or video; manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; use to one's advantage; consider not very seriously; be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way; behave carelessly or indifferently; cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space; perform on a stage or theater; be performed or presented for public viewing; cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; make bets; stake on the outcome of an issue; shoot or hit in a particular manner; use or move; employ in a game or in a specific position; contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
        • represent take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to; express indirectly by an image, form, or model; be representative or typical for; be a delegate or spokesperson for; serve as a means of expressing something; be characteristic of; form or compose; be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; create an image or likeness of; play a role or part; perform (a play), especially on a stage; describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality; point out or draw attention to in protest or remonstrance; bring forward and present to the mind; to establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
        act as in discharge one's duties
        • "She acts as the chair"
        • "In what capacity are you acting?"
        act as in pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
        • "He acted the idiot"
        • "She plays deaf when the news are bad"

        Synonyms

        • play a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; a theatrical performance of a drama; a preset plan of action in team sports; a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; a state in which action is feasible; utilization or exercise; an attempt to get something; activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; the removal of constraints; a weak and tremulous light; verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); movement or space for movement; gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully ; participate in games or sport; act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome; play on an instrument; play a role or part; be at play; replay (as a melody); perform music on (a musical instrument); pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; bet or wager (money); engage in recreational activities rather than work; pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; emit recorded sound; perform on a certain location; put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game; engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously; behave in a certain way; cause to emit recorded audio or video; manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; use to one's advantage; consider not very seriously; be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way; behave carelessly or indifferently; cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space; perform on a stage or theater; be performed or presented for public viewing; cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; make bets; stake on the outcome of an issue; shoot or hit in a particular manner; use or move; employ in a game or in a specific position; contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
        • act as function as or act like; pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind
        act as in be suitable for theatrical performance
        • "This scene acts well"
        act as in 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"

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        • work activity directed toward making or doing something; a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing; the occupation for which you are paid; applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading); (physics) a manifestation of energy; a place where work is done; the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it); exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; be employed; have an effect or outcome; perform as expected when applied; shape, form, or improve a material; give a workout to; proceed along a path; operate in a certain place, area, or specialty; proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity; move in an agitated manner; cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; cause to work; prepare for crops; behave in a certain way when handled; have and exert influence or effect; operate in or through; cause to operate or function; provoke or excite; gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; make something, usually for a specific function; move into or onto; make uniform; use or manipulate to one's advantage; find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; cause to undergo fermentation; go sour or spoil; arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion
        act as in be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
          act as in behave unnaturally or affectedly
          • "She's just acting"

          Synonyms

          • dissemble make believe with the intent to deceive; hide under a false appearance; behave unnaturally or affectedly
          • pretend imagined as in a play; the enactment of a pretense; make believe with the intent to deceive; behave unnaturally or affectedly; put forward a claim and assert right or possession of; put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation; represent fictitiously, as in a play, or pretend to be or act like; state insincerely
          act as in perform on a stage or theater
          • "She acts in this play"
          • "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"
          • "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"

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          • play a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage; a theatrical performance of a drama; a preset plan of action in team sports; a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill; a state in which action is feasible; utilization or exercise; an attempt to get something; activity by children that is guided more by imagination than by fixed rules; (in games or plays or other performances) the time during which play proceeds; the removal of constraints; a weak and tremulous light; verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); movement or space for movement; gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement; (game) the activity of doing something in an agreed succession; the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully ; participate in games or sport; act or have an effect in a specified way or with a specific effect or outcome; play on an instrument; play a role or part; be at play; replay (as a melody); perform music on (a musical instrument); pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; move or seem to move quickly, lightly, or irregularly; bet or wager (money); engage in recreational activities rather than work; pretend to be somebody in the framework of a game or playful activity; emit recorded sound; perform on a certain location; put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game; engage in an activity as if it were a game rather than take it seriously; behave in a certain way; cause to emit recorded audio or video; manipulate manually or in one's mind or imagination; use to one's advantage; consider not very seriously; be received or accepted or interpreted in a specific way; behave carelessly or indifferently; cause to move or operate freely within a bounded space; perform on a stage or theater; be performed or presented for public viewing; cause to happen or to occur as a consequence; discharge or direct or be discharged or directed as if in a continuous stream; make bets; stake on the outcome of an issue; shoot or hit in a particular manner; use or move; employ in a game or in a specific position; contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle; exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
          • roleplay perform on a stage or theater
          • playact perform on a stage or theater

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