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"
the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"
normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting; "what is your role on the team?"
what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
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"
the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
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