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
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"
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"
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