Synonyms of act in English:
- the estate agent was acting for a prospective buyerstand in for, fill in for, deputize for, cover for, substitute for, be a substitute for, replace, take the place of, act in place of, do/be a locum for, sit in for, understudy;hold the fort, step into the breachNorth American informal pinch-hit for
- 1 the pupils are past masters at acting up in classmisbehave, 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;informal carry on, mess about/aroundBritish informal muck about/around, play up
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2 the Act raised the tax on tobacco
law, decree, statute, bill, Act of Parliament, edict, fiat, dictum, dictate, enactment, resolution, ruling, rule, judgement, canon, ordinance, proclamation, command, commandment, mandate, measure, stipulation, direction, requirement;
in Tsarist Russia ukase;
in Spanish-speaking countries pronunciamento
5 my mother thinks crying is simply putting on an act
pretence, false display, show, front, facade, masquerade, charade, guise, posture, pose, affectation, appearance;
make-believe, play-acting, feigning, shamming, posturing, posing, counterfeit, subterfuge, dissimulation, dissemblance, fabrication, falsification
informal a put-on, a put-up job
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