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
carry out; "run an errand"
the act of testing something; "in the experimental trials the amount of carbon was measured separately"; "he called each flip of the coin a new trial"
set animals loose to graze
cause to emit recorded audio or video; "They ran the tapes over and over again"; "I'll play you my favorite record"; "He never tires of playing that video"
an unbroken chronological sequence; "the play had a long run on Broadway"; "the team enjoyed a brief run of victories"
direct or control; projects, businesses, etc.; "She is running a relief operation in the Sudan"
include as the content; broadcast or publicize; "We ran the ad three times"; "This paper carries a restaurant review"; "All major networks carried the press conference"
the pouring forth of a fluid
make without a miss
travel a route regularly; "Ships ply the waters near the coast"
a row of unravelled stitches; "she got a r
exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
use up, consume fully; "The legislature expended its time on school questions"
(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition; "owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose;
the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
take or consume (regularly or habitually);
what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
habitually do something (use only in the past tense);
a particular service; "he put his knowledge to
arrive at a certain condition through repeated motion; "The stitches of the hem worked loose after she wore the skirt many times"
proceed towards a goal or along a path or through an activity; "work your way through every problem or task"; "She was working on her second martini when the guests arrived"; "Start from the bottom and work towards the top"
go sour or spoil; "The milk has soured"; "The wine worked"; "The cream has turned--we have to throw it out"
cause to work; "he is working his servants hard"
cause to undergo fermentation; "We ferment the grapes for a very long time to achieve high alcohol content"; "The vintner worked the wine in big oak vats"
be employed; "Is your husband working again?"; "My wife never worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"; "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"