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act involuntarily
act like
Act of attainder
Act of bankruptcy
Act of faith
act of God
Act of grace
Act of indemnity
Act of insolvency
act of mercy
Act of settlement
act of terrorism
Act of Uniformity
Act of Union
act on
act reflexively
act superior
act the fool
act up
act up to
act upon
Actaea alba
Actaea rubra
Actaea spicata

act out definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: represent an incident, state, or emotion by action, especially on stage; "She could act neurotic anxiety"
2: act out; represent or perform as if in a play; "She reenacted what had happened earlier that day" [syn: enact, reenact, act out]

Merriam Webster's

verb Date: 1611 transitive verb 1. a. to represent in action <children act out what they read> b. to translate into action <unwilling to act out their beliefs> 2. to express (as an impulse or a fantasy) directly in overt behavior without modification to comply with social norms intransitive verb to behave badly or in a socially unacceptable often self-defeating manner especially as a means of venting painful emotions (as fear or frustration)

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you act out an event which has happened, you copy the actions which took place and make them into a play. I used to come home and act out the movie for the kids. PHRASAL VERB: V P n (not pron), also V n P

Moby Thesaurus

act, act a part, act as, ape, copy, create a role, depict, do, enact, impersonate, masquerade as, mime, mimic, pantomime, pass for, perform, personate, play, play a part, play a role, play opposite, portray, pose as, pretend to be, represent, support, sustain a part, take a part, take off


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