Synonyms of act
1 do something • I have no reason to doubt that the bank acted properly.
perform • This car performs well.
move • Industrialists must move fast to take advantage of this opportunity.
conduct yourself • The way he conducts himself reflects on the party.
2 behaveDictionary • a gang of youths who were acting suspiciously
behave • He'd behaved badly.
react • They reacted violently to the news.
acquit yourself • Most men acquitted themselves well throughout the action.
3 workDictionary • He acted as both ship's surgeon and as chaplain to the men.
work • I want to work, I don't want to be on welfare.
operate • allowing commercial businesses to operate in the country
function • On weekdays, one third of the room functions as a workspace.
have a job
earn a living
4 playDictionary • They were just acting tough.
play • His ambition is to play the part of Dracula.
seem to be
pretend to be
feign • You can't feign interest in something you loathe.
enact • She enacted the stories told to her by her father.
impersonate • He was returned to prison for impersonating a police officer.
play the part of
1 deedDictionary • My insurance covers acts of sabotage.
deed • His heroic deeds were celebrated in every corner of the country.
action • He was the sort of man who didn't like his actions questioned.
step • He greeted the agreement as the first step towards peace.
performance • the performance of his duties
operation • Dials monitor every aspect of the operation of the aircraft.
doing • It was all her doing.
move • Daniel's eyes followed her every move.
achievement • a conference celebrating women's achievements
stroke • At the time, his appointment seemed a stroke of genius.
exploit • His wartime exploits were made into a TV series.
execution • the unquestioning execution of his orders
feat • an incredible feat of agility
accomplishment • The accomplishments of the past year are quite extraordinary.
2 pretenceDictionary • His anger was real. It wasn't just an act.
pretence • She was completely without guile or pretence.
show • We need to make a show of acknowledging their expertise.
attitude • scenes of the king in various attitudes of worshipping
pose • In many writers modesty is a pose, but in him it seems to be genuine.
posture • She walked haltingly and her posture was stooped.
façade • They hid the troubles plaguing their marriage behind a façade of family togetherness.
sham • Their promises were exposed as a hollow sham.
veneer • He was able to fool people with his veneer of intellectuality.
counterfeit • Levi Strauss says counterfeits of the company's jeans are flooding Europe.
affectation • He writes well, without fuss or affectation.
3 lawDictionary • an Act of Parliament
law • The law was passed on a second vote.
bill • The bill was opposed by a large majority.
measure • They passed a measure that would give small businesses more benefits.
resolution • The UN had passed two major resolutions.
decree • He issued a decree ordering all unofficial armed groups to disband.
statute • a new statute to take in both pay and discrimination laws
ordinance • ordinances that restrict building development
enactment • enactments which empowered the court to require security to be given
edict • In 1741 Catherine the Great issued an edict of toleration for Buddhism.
4 performanceDictionary • Numerous bands are playing, as well as comedy acts.
performance • The band did three performances at the Royal Albert Hall.
show • How about going to see a show in London?
turn • the most brilliant comic turn in television history
production • a critically acclaimed production of Othello
routine (informal) • like a Marx Brothers routine
presentation • Scottish Opera's presentation of Das Rheingold
gig (informal) • The two bands join forces for a gig at the Sheffield Arena.
sketch • a five-minute humorous sketch
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ act for someone
▷ act up
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accomplishmentAn accomplishment is something remarkable that has been done or achieved.
• The accomplishments of the past year are quite extraordinary.
• a conference celebrating women's achievements
feather in your cap
feather in your cap
Thesaurus for act from the Collins English Thesaurus
something done or performed; a deed
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