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Synonyms of act in English:


  • 1 the government must act to remedy the situation
    take action, take steps, take measures, move, react
  • 2 he was acting on the orders of the party leader
    follow, act in accordance with, obey, heed, comply with;
    fulfill, meet, discharge
  • 3 a real estate agent acting for a prospective buyer
    represent, act on behalf of;
    stand in for, fill in for, deputize for, take the place of
  • 4 Alison began to act oddly
  • 5 the scents act as a powerful aphrodisiac
    operate, work, function, serve
  • 6 the drug acted directly on the blood vessels
    affect, have an effect on, work on;
    have an impact on, impact on, influence
  • 7 he acted in a highly successful film
    perform, play a part, play-act, take part, appear
    informal tread the boards, ham it up
  • 8 we laughed, but most of us were just acting
    pretend, play-act, put it on, fake it, feign it, dissemble, dissimulate
  • noun

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  • 1 acts of kindness a criminal act
    deed, action, feat, exploit, move, gesture, performance, undertaking, stunt, operation;
  • 2 the act raised the tax on tobacco
    law, decree, statute, bill, act of Congress, enactment, resolution, edict, dictum, ruling, measure;
  • 3 the first act of the play
    division, section, subsection, part, segment
  • 4 a music hall act
    performance, routine, number, sketch, skit, shtick, turn
  • 5 it was all just an act
    pretense, show, front, facade, masquerade, charade, posture, pose, affectation, sham, fake
    informal put-on
  • Phrases

    act up
  • 1.1 all children act up from time to time
    misbehave, behave badly, be up to mischief, become unruly
  • 2.1 the engine was acting up
    malfunction, go wrong, be defective, be faulty
    informal be on the blink, be on the fritz
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