have an effect or outcome; often the one desired or expected; "The voting process doesn't work as well as people thought"; "How does your idea work in practice?"; "This method doesn't work"; "The breaks of my new car act quickly"; "The medicine works only if you take it with a lot of water"
be suitable for theatrical performance; "This scene acts well"
something that people do or cause to happen
a legal document codifying the result of deliberations of a committee or society or legislative body
a short theatrical performance that is part of a longer program;
a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
a manifestation of insincerity; "he put on quite an act for her benefit"
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"
unrestricted freedom to use; "he has the run of the house"
change from one state to another; "run amok"; "run rogue"; "run riot"
sail before the wind
have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence"
the continuous period of time during which something (a machine or a factory) operates or continues in operation; "the assembly line was on a 12-hour run"
compete in a race; "he is running the Marathon this year"; "let's race and see who gets there first"
be diffused; "These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run"
be affected by; be subjected to; "run a temperature"; "run a risk"
a score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely; "the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th"; "their first tally came in the 3rd inning"
run, stand, or compete for an office or
exerting shrewd or devious influence especially for one's own advantage; "his manipulation of his friends was scandalous"
(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"
the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
a particular service; "he put his knowledge to good use"; "patrons have their uses"
(law) the exercise of the legal right to enjoy the benefits of owning property; "we were given the use of his boat"
(economics) the utilization of economic goods to satisfy needs or in manufacturing; "the consumption of energy has increased steadily"
(physics) a manifestation of energy; the transfer of energy from one physical system to another expressed as the product of a force and the distance through which it moves a body in the direction of that force; "work equals force times distance"
make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"
behave in a certain way when handled; "This dough does not work easily"; "The soft metal works well"
shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"
prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land"
gratify and charm, usually in order to influence; "the political candidate worked the crowds"
move in an agitated manner; "His fingers worked with tension"
proceed along a path; "work one's way through the crowd"; "make one's way into the forest"