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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Act, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Acted; p. pr. & vb. n. Acting.]
 1. To move to action; to actuate; to animate. [Obs.]
    Self-love, the spring of motion, acts the soul.   --Pope.
 2. To perform; to execute; to do. [Archaic]
    That we act our temporal affairs with a desire no greater than our necessity.   --Jer. Taylor.
    Industry doth beget by producing good habits, and facility of acting things expedient for us to do.   --Barrow.
 Uplifted hands that at convenient times
 Could act extortion and the worst of crimes.   --Cowper.
 3. To perform, as an actor; to represent dramatically on the stage.
 4. To assume the office or character of; to play; to personate; as, to act the hero.
 5. To feign or counterfeit; to simulate.
    With acted fear the villain thus pursued.   --Dryden.
 To act a part, to sustain the part of one of the characters in a play; hence, to simulate; to dissemble.
 To act the part of, to take the character of; to fulfill the duties of.