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1. act

noun. ['ˈækt'] a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body.

Synonyms

  • official document
  • decree
  • instrument
  • enactment
  • edict
  • rescript
  • legal instrument
  • order
  • nullity
  • fiat
  • legislative act
  • statute

Antonyms

  • finish
  • ending
  • middle
  • death

Etymology

  • acte (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • acta (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Act

  • counterattacked
  • unpacked
  • repacked
  • whacked
  • tracked
  • tracht
  • stacked
  • snacked
  • smacked
  • slacked
  • pracht
  • kracht
  • cracked
  • bracht
  • blacked
  • attacked
  • wracked
  • tacked
  • schacht
  • sacked
  • racked
  • packed
  • lacked
  • jacked
  • hacked
  • backed

Example sentences of the word act


1. Verb, base form
Many people live well into their hundreds, and to act like the person already died can seem disrespectful.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Their nature or genes have little to do with how they act in this theory, according to Swim.

3. Noun, singular or mass
“Remaining,” as a noun, is an act by which someone or something remains.

4. Adjective
If you find yourself in such a situation, you need to learn about your options and act quickly.

Quotes containing the word act


1. I hope people start to look at their lives as the most powerful, creative act they will ever offer this world.
- Tom Shadyac

2. The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

3. Well, I think breathing life into the Endangered Species Act, taking those wolves back into Yellowstone, restoring the salmon in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest.
- Bruce Babbitt

2. act

verb. ['ˈækt'] perform an action, or work out or perform (an action).

Synonyms

  • dally
  • grapple
  • reciprocate
  • presume
  • dispatch
  • set about
  • start
  • hold off
  • acquit
  • seek
  • assay
  • disturb
  • alternate
  • move
  • reward
  • come to the fore
  • deign
  • put on airs
  • come forward
  • dare
  • play
  • deport
  • festinate
  • proceed
  • queen it over
  • take part
  • stoop
  • romance
  • step up
  • cope
  • finish
  • toy
  • condescend
  • egotrip
  • comport
  • guard
  • hasten
  • stampede
  • go ahead
  • behave
  • partner
  • misconduct
  • look sharp
  • interact
  • hold back
  • go on
  • offer
  • effect
  • create
  • deal
  • attempt
  • take turns
  • antagonize
  • go about
  • rush
  • pull
  • fetch up
  • step forward
  • get by
  • volunteer
  • go
  • act on
  • commit
  • play it by ear
  • contend
  • wait
  • court
  • act superior
  • try
  • repeat
  • foresee
  • woo
  • pay back
  • make out
  • land up
  • misdemean
  • prosecute
  • forestall
  • go along
  • go off half-cocked
  • plow ahead
  • pursue
  • lower oneself
  • participate
  • satisfice
  • had best
  • attack
  • carry
  • antagonise
  • get around to
  • evade
  • respond
  • coact
  • wind up
  • repay
  • flirt
  • rampage
  • interrupt
  • counter
  • take time by the forelock
  • make sure
  • surprise
  • lord it over
  • come close
  • engage
  • react
  • sneak
  • descend
  • manoeuvre
  • manage
  • solicit
  • exert
  • aggress
  • take
  • approach
  • use
  • manoeuver
  • maneuver
  • end up
  • make do
  • finish up
  • hurry
  • conduct
  • force
  • perform
  • step to the fore
  • take care
  • do well
  • satisfise
  • counteract
  • keep
  • essay
  • oppose
  • bear
  • come out
  • misbehave
  • go off at half-cock
  • perpetrate
  • make bold
  • anticipate
  • race
  • begin
  • continue
  • take over
  • make a point

Antonyms

  • discontinue
  • refrain
  • buy
  • dishonor

Etymology

  • acte (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • acta (Latin)

3. act

noun. ['ˈækt'] something that people do or cause to happen.

Synonyms

  • effectuation
  • disinterment
  • departure
  • motivating
  • disposal
  • exhumation
  • going
  • disposition
  • digging up
  • equalisation
  • sacrifice
  • touching
  • inactivity
  • getting
  • speech act
  • communicating
  • mitsvah
  • judgement
  • stay
  • touch
  • residency
  • wearing
  • legitimation
  • equalization
  • interference
  • stoppage
  • event
  • production
  • acquiring
  • running away
  • forfeiture
  • waste
  • causation
  • delivery
  • residence
  • human action
  • nonachievement
  • derivation
  • mitzvah
  • motivation
  • group action
  • obstetrical delivery
  • hindrance
  • hinderance
  • leaving
  • distribution
  • promulgation
  • rejection
  • judgment
  • egress
  • retrieval
  • assessment
  • implementation
  • leveling
  • hire
  • actuation
  • permissive waste
  • uncovering
  • emergence
  • going away
  • activity
  • communication
  • action
  • discovery
  • propulsion
  • wear
  • causing
  • proclamation
  • leaning
  • find
  • nonaccomplishment
  • forfeit
  • egression
  • assumption
  • stop
  • human activity
  • deed
  • abidance

Antonyms

  • inactivity
  • stand still
  • end
  • avoid

Etymology

  • acte (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • acta (Latin)

4. act

verb. ['ˈækt'] behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself.

Synonyms

  • dally
  • quack
  • menace
  • relax
  • toy
  • presume
  • storm
  • vulgarize
  • loosen up
  • behave
  • sentimentalize
  • rage
  • ramp
  • dawdle
  • follow
  • footle
  • optimize
  • frivol
  • act reflexively
  • piffle
  • sauce
  • backslap
  • swagger
  • hugger mugger
  • play
  • puff up
  • pretend
  • stooge
  • bluster
  • act as
  • lose it
  • do
  • optimise
  • swell
  • swash
  • joke
  • bend over backwards
  • freeze
  • romanticize
  • wanton
  • make
  • make as if
  • dissemble
  • jest
  • trifle
  • act involuntarily
  • vulgarise
  • sentimentalise
  • bungle
  • sentimentize
  • fall over backwards
  • break down
  • sentimentise

Antonyms

  • follow
  • fall
  • ascend
  • go

Etymology

  • acte (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • acta (Latin)

5. act

noun. ['ˈækt'] a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet.

Synonyms

  • dramatic composition
  • play
  • concert dance
  • drama
  • dramatic work
  • opera
  • ballet
  • dramatic play

Antonyms

  • surrender
  • convict
  • stay in place
  • calm

Etymology

  • acte (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • acta (Latin)

6. act

verb. ['ˈækt'] play a role or part.

Synonyms

  • portray
  • make
  • act out
  • support
  • re-create
  • play
  • emote
  • reenact
  • pretend
  • enact
  • make believe
  • parody
  • act as
  • playact
  • impersonate
  • represent

Antonyms

  • arrange
  • disengage
  • wind
  • back

Etymology

  • acte (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • acta (Latin)

7. act

verb. ['ˈækt'] discharge one's duties.

Synonyms

  • criticize
  • criticise
  • bank

Antonyms

  • hop out
  • push
  • raise
  • pull

Etymology

  • acte (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • acta (Latin)

8. act

noun. ['ˈækt'] a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program.

Synonyms

  • routine
  • bit
  • number
  • show-stopper
  • turn
  • stopper
  • performance
  • public presentation

Antonyms

  • stop
  • close
  • go off
  • disadvantage

Etymology

  • acte (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • acta (Latin)

9. act

verb. ['ˈækt'] pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind.

Synonyms

  • act as
  • behave
  • do
  • represent

Antonyms

  • precede
  • advance
  • rush
  • converge

Etymology

  • acte (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • acta (Latin)

10. act

verb. ['ˈækt'] be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure.

Synonyms

  • drive around
  • play

Antonyms

  • disapproval
  • penalty
  • tightness

Etymology

  • acte (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • acta (Latin)
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