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  1. act out

    • misbehave, especially when unhappy or stressed
    • (of a thing) fail to function properly

      behave badly

    • verb

      engage in pretence in order to trick someone or gain an advantage:

      act in a play:

    • noun

      (in the UK) an act in force between 1673 and 1828 that made an oath of allegiance to the Church of England and the supremacy of the monarch as its head and repudiation of the doctrine of transubstantiation a condition of eligibility for public office.

      (in the UK) an act of 1871 relaxing restrictions on university entrance for candidates who were not members of the Church of England.

    • noun

      a performance involving two people:

      a pair of entertainers who perform a double act:

    • noun

      a sexual act.

      the act of sexual intercourse.

    • noun

      an act regulating stamp duty (a tax on the legal recognition of documents).

      an act of the British Parliament in 1765 that exacted revenue from the American colonies by imposing a stamp duty on newspapers and legal and commercial documents. Colonial opposition led to the act's repeal in 1766 and helped encourage the revolutionary movement against the Crown.

    • noun

      an act framed to amend the system of parliamentary representation, especially any of those introduced in Britain during the 19th century.
    • an act of 1689 granting freedom of worship to dissenters (excluding Roman Catholics and Unitarians) on certain conditions. Its real purpose was to unite all Protestants under William III against the deposed Roman Catholic James II.
    • noun

      an attempt to deal with several conflicting situations, requirements, or pressures at the same time:
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