Synonyms of act in English:

act

verb

  • 1 the Government must act to remedy the situation
    take action, take steps, take measures, take the initiative, move, make a move, react, do something, proceed, go ahead; make progress, make headway, be active, be employed, be busy
    informal get moving
    the Government must act to remedy the situation
    [Antonyms] do nothing

noun

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Phrases

act for

the estate agent was acting for a prospective buyer representact on behalf ofspeak on behalf ofstand in forfill in fordeputize forcover forsubstitute forbe a substitute forreplacetake the place ofact in place ofdo/be a locum forsit in forunderstudyhold the fortstep into the breach informalsub forfill someone's shoes/bootsNorth American informalpinch-hit for

act on/upon

  • 1 the drug acted directly on the blood vessels
    affect, have an effect on, influence, exert influence on, work on, have an impact on, impact on, alter, change, modify, transform, condition, control
    the drug acted directly on the blood vessels
    [Antonyms] have no effect on
  • 2 he was merely acting on the orders of the party leader
    comply with, act in accordance with, follow, go along with; obey, take heed of, heed, conform to, abide by, adhere to, stick to, stand by, uphold, fulfil, meet, discharge
    he was merely acting on the orders of the party leader
    [Antonyms] flout

act up

  • 1 the pupils are past masters at acting up in class
    misbehave, give someone trouble, cause someone trouble, act badly, get up to mischief, get up to no good, be bad, be naughty, forget oneself, misconduct oneself; clown about/around, fool about/around, act the clown, act the fool, act the goat, act foolishly
    informal carry on, mess about/around
    British informal muck about/around, play up
  • 2 the computers are always acting up
    malfunction, crash, develop a fault, go wrong, break down, give out, stall, be defective, be faulty, fail, cease to function, cease to work, stop working
    informal conk out, go kaput, go phut, go on the blink, be on the blink
    British informal pack up, play up

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