behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people"
pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind; "He acted the idiot"; "She plays deaf when the news are bad"
discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"
play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master"
perform on a stage or theater; "She acts in this play"; "He acted in `Julius Caesar'"; "I played in `A Christmas Carol'"
behave unnaturally or affectedly; "She's just acting"
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted qui
have a turn; make one's move in a game; "Can I go now?"
give an incentive for action; "This moved me to sacrifice my career"
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon;
the act of deciding to do something; "he didn't make a move to help"; "his first move was to hire a lawyer"
arouse sympathy or compassion in; "Her fate moved us all"
(game) a player's turn to take some action permitted by the rules of the game
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
the act of changing your residence or place of business; "they say that three moves equal o