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 quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
be engaged in an activity, often for no particular purpose other than pleasure
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
a subdivision of an act of a play; "the first act has three scenes"
an incident (real or imaginary); "their parting was a sad scene"
the context and environment in which something is set; "the perfect setting for a ghost story"
the place where some action occurs; "the police returned to the scene of the crime"
a situation treated as an observable object; "the political picture is favorable"; "the religious scene in England has changed in the last century"
a display of bad temper; "he had a fit"; "she threw a tantrum"; "he made a scene"
graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept; "he painted scenes from everyday life"; "figure 2 shows photographic and schematic views of the equipment"
the painted structures of a stage set that are intended to suggest a particular locale; "they worked all night painting the scenery"