Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun act

5 senses of act

Sense 1
act, enactment -- (a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body)
       => legal document, legal instrument, official document, instrument -- ((law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right)

Sense 2
act, deed, human action, human activity -- (something that people do or cause to happen)
       => event -- (something that happens at a given place and time)

Sense 3
act -- (a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet)
       => dramatic composition, dramatic work -- (a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.)

Sense 4
act, routine, number, turn, bit -- (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")
       => performance, public presentation -- (a dramatic or musical entertainment; "they listened to ten different performances"; "the play ran for 100 performances"; "the frequent performances of the symphony testify to its popularity")

Sense 5
act -- (a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit")
       => expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion -- (expression without words; "tears are an expression of grief"; "the pulse is a reflection of the heart's condition")

Antonyms of verb act

1 of 10 senses of act

Sense 1
act, move -- (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")
       Antonym of refrain (Sense 1)
      => refrain, forbear -- (resist doing something; "He refrained from hitting him back"; "she could not forbear weeping")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb act

10 senses of act

Sense 1
act, move -- (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")
          Phrasal Verb-> act on#1; act up#1; act upon#1

Sense 2
act, behave, do -- (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")
          Phrasal Verb-> act up#2

Sense 3
act, play, represent -- (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")
       => re-create -- (create anew; "Re-create the boom of the West on a small scale")

Sense 4
act -- (discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?")
       => serve -- (do duty or hold offices; serve in a specific function; "He served as head of the department for three years"; "She served in Congress for two terms")

Sense 5
act, play, act as -- (pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad")
       => act, behave, do -- (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")

Sense 6
act -- (be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well")
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

Sense 7
work, act -- (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")
       => succeed, win, come through, bring home the bacon, deliver the goods -- (attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won")

Sense 8
act -- (be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure)

Sense 9
dissemble, pretend, act -- (behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting")

Sense 10
act, play, roleplay, playact -- (perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'")
       => perform -- (give a performance (of something); "Horowitz is performing at Carnegie Hall tonight"; "We performed a popular Gilbert and Sullivan opera")

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