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An act remarkable for brilliance or daring; bold deed
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  1. An act remarkable for brilliance or daring; bold deed
  2. An act or deed, especially a brilliant or heroic one.
  3. (Computers) A program or system designed to take advantage of a particular error or security vulnerability in computers or networks.
The causation of change by the exertion of power or a natural process:
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  1. The causation of change by the exertion of power or a natural process:
  2. Manner of movement:
  3. Armed encounter; combat:
Something that is carried out; an act or action.
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  1. Something that is carried out; an act or action.
  2. Action or performance in general:
  3. Action; actual performance
(Linguistics) One's actual use of language in actual situations.
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  1. (Linguistics) One's actual use of language in actual situations.
  2. A formal exhibition or presentation before an audience, as a play, musical program, etc.; show
  3. The act or style of performing a work or role before an audience.
Knowledge of law.
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  1. Knowledge of law.
  2. The condition existing when obedience to such rules is general
  3. The condition of social order and justice created by adherence to such a system:
A plan, action, etc. proposed
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  1. A plan, action, etc. proposed
  2. The act of proposing.
  3. (Law) The offer by a party of what he has in view as to an intended business transaction, which, with acceptance, constitutes a contract.
An opinion or estimate formed after consideration or deliberation, especially a formal or authoritative decision:
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  1. An opinion or estimate formed after consideration or deliberation, especially a formal or authoritative decision:
  2. The act or process of judging; the formation of an opinion after consideration or deliberation.
  3. A legal decision; order, decree, or sentence given by a judge or law court
The act of sending proposed legislation to a committee
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  1. The act of sending proposed legislation to a committee
  2. An order, especially one from a court, directing that a person be taken to and placed in the care or custody of a hospital, mental health facility, prison, or similar institution.
  3. Official consignment by court order of a person as to prison or a mental hospital
(Law) The formal finding of a judge or jury on a matter submitted to them in a trial
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  1. (Law) The formal finding of a judge or jury on a matter submitted to them in a trial
  2. The conclusion of a jury, or of a judge in a non-jury case, of what the facts are or were. A verdict, being a finding of fact, is different from a judgment or a judicial decision. The trial court may choose to accept or to disregard the verdict in determining judgment. The conclusion of a jury, or of a judge in a non-jury case, of what the facts are or were. A verdict, being a finding of fact, is different from a judgment or a judicial decision. The trial court may choose to accept or to disregard the verdict in determining judgment.
  3. (Law) The decision of the jury after the trial of a case.
The act or process or revising something. See also emendation.
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  1. The act or process or revising something. See also emendation.
  2. The process of formally altering or adding to a document or record.
  3. A revision or addition proposed or made in a bill, law, constitution, etc.
A fixed or definite plan; system; law of arrangement
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  1. A fixed or definite plan; system; law of arrangement
  2. The prescribed form or customary procedure, as in a meeting or court of law:
  3. A condition in which freedom from disorder or disruption is maintained through respect for established authority:
A broadcast message, especially a program note or commercial.
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  1. A broadcast message, especially a program note or commercial.
  2. That which conveys what is announced.
  3. The content which is announced.
An official public proclamation or order issued by authority; decree
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  1. An official public proclamation or order issued by authority; decree
  2. Any command or order
  3. A decree or proclamation issued by an authority and having the force of law.
An established or prescribed practice or usage, esp. a religious rite
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  1. An established or prescribed practice or usage, esp. a religious rite
  2. A local law, usually on the municipality level, that, when fully enacted, has the same effect and force as a statute within that municipality. A local law, usually on the municipality level, that, when fully enacted, has the same effect and force as a statute within that municipality.
  3. An authoritative command or order.
An official order, edict, or decision, as of a church, government, court, etc.
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  1. An official order, edict, or decision, as of a church, government, court, etc.
  2. An administrative act applying or interpreting articles of canon law.
  3. An authoritative order having the force of law.
An established rule; formal regulation
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  1. An established rule; formal regulation
  2. A law passed by a legislative body and set forth in a formal document
  3. A law enacted by a legislature.
A formal legal document ordering or prohibiting some action
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  1. A formal legal document ordering or prohibiting some action
  2. The written order of a court in the name of the state or other legal authority ordering the person addressed to either do something or restrain from doing something. The written order of a court in the name of the state or other legal authority ordering the person addressed to either do something or restrain from doing something.
  3. (Law) A written order issued by a court, commanding the party to whom it is addressed to perform or cease performing a specified act.
An official document, edict, or decree, esp. one from the pope
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  1. An official document, edict, or decree, esp. one from the pope
  2. A person who buys commodities or securities in anticipation of a rise in prices or who tries by speculative purchases to effect such a rise.
  3. An optimist, especially regarding business conditions.
An order that serves as authorization, especially:
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  1. An order that serves as authorization, especially:
  2. Authorization or sanction, as by a superior or the law
  3. An order in writing from a competent authority instructing that a certain act be carried out.
A call, command, knock, or other signal that summons
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  1. A call, command, knock, or other signal that summons
  2. A call by an authority to appear, come, or do something.
  3. (Law) An order or process directing a person, especially a defendant in a case, to appear in court.
A written legal order directing a person to appear in court to give testimony, show specified records, etc.
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  1. A written legal order directing a person to appear in court to give testimony, show specified records, etc.
A writing that contains information.
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  1. A writing that contains information.
  2. (--- Computers) A piece of work created with an application, as with a word processor.
  3. A written or printed paper that bears the original, official, or legal form of something and can be used to furnish decisive evidence or information.
(Law) A written declaration of charges or complaints filed in a legal action
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  1. (Law) A written declaration of charges or complaints filed in a legal action
  2. (Law) A document containing the formal statement of a case in equity; a complaint seeking equitable relief.
  3. A draft of a proposed law presented for approval to a legislative body.
The instructions in a computer program. Instructions written by a programmer in a programming language are often called source code . Instructions that have been converted into machine language that the computer understands are called machine code or executable code .
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  1. The instructions in a computer program. Instructions written by a programmer in a programming language are often called source code . Instructions that have been converted into machine language that the computer understands are called machine code or executable code .
  2. A binary system for converting information, data, etc. into a form for use in computers, telecommunications, etc.
  3. A systematized collection of all statutes, or a single comprehensive statute, dealing with one area of the law. See also Bankruptcy Code, Uniform Consumer Credit Code, and Uniform Commercial Code.
A distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document.
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  1. A distinct article, stipulation, or provision in a document.
  2. (Gram.) A group of words containing a subject and a finite verb, usually forming part of a compound or complex sentence: clauses may be joined by parataxis (The house is secluded; you will like it), by modified parataxis (The house is secluded, and you will like it), and by hypotaxis (Because the house is secluded, you will like it)
  3. A particular article, stipulation, or provision in a formal or legal document
The laws effective in a particular nation. The laws effective in a particular nation.
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  1. The laws effective in a particular nation. The laws effective in a particular nation.
  2. (Law) A particular law or the complete set of laws currently in effect within a jurisdiction, especially with emphasis on the official and authoritative nature of such law.
(--- Film) A section of a film, usually made up of a number of shots, which is unified by time, setting, characters, etc.
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  1. (--- Film) A section of a film, usually made up of a number of shots, which is unified by time, setting, characters, etc.
  2. A shot or series of shots in a movie constituting a unit of continuous related action.
  3. (--- Slang) A situation or set of circumstances:
A piece of fabric or other material that hangs in a window or open space as a decoration, shade, screen, or divider.
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  1. A piece of fabric or other material that hangs in a window or open space as a decoration, shade, screen, or divider.
  2. An effect, line, or situation in a play just before the curtain closes
  3. Something that functions as or resembles a screen, cover, divider, or barrier:
An introduction to a poem, play, etc.; esp., introductory lines spoken by a member of the cast before a dramatic performance
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  1. An introduction to a poem, play, etc.; esp., introductory lines spoken by a member of the cast before a dramatic performance
  2. An introduction or preface, especially a poem recited to introduce a play.
  3. An introduction or introductory chapter, as to a novel.
A closing section added to a novel, play, etc., providing further comment, interpretation, or information
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  1. A closing section added to a novel, play, etc., providing further comment, interpretation, or information
  2. An event which reflects meaningfully on a recently ended conflict or struggle.
  3. A short addition or concluding section at the end of a literary work, often dealing with the future of its characters.
An introducing or being introduced
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  1. An introducing or being introduced
  2. The preliminary section of a book, often having material considered essential to an understanding of the main text
  3. A basic introductory text or course of study.
A musical selection, dance, etc. performed during this interval
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  1. A musical selection, dance, etc. performed during this interval
  2. Another performance, as of music or dance, provided between two acts of a theatrical performance.
(Music) A short piece inserted between the parts of a longer composition.
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  1. (Music) A short piece inserted between the parts of a longer composition.
  2. An intervening episode, feature, or period of time:
  3. A short play of a sort popular in the Tudor period, either farcical or moralistic in tone and with a plot typically derived from French farce or the morality play
The concluding part of a musical composition
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  1. The concluding part of a musical composition
  2. The conclusion or last part; end
  3. The last scene or feature of an entertainment
A set of normal procedures, often performed mechanically
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  1. A set of normal procedures, often performed mechanically
  2. A set of customary or unchanging and often mechanically performed activities or procedures:
  3. A scripted piece of entertainment, especially in a nightclub or theater:
The act or style of performing a work or role before an audience.
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  1. The act or style of performing a work or role before an audience.
  2. (Linguistics) One's actual use of language in actual situations.
  3. Operation or functioning, usually with regard to effectiveness, as of a machine
A member of any of the further sets of mathematical objects defined in terms of such numbers, such as negative integers, real numbers, and complex numbers.
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  1. A member of any of the further sets of mathematical objects defined in terms of such numbers, such as negative integers, real numbers, and complex numbers.
  2. One of the separate offerings in a program of music or other entertainment:
  3. A numeral or a series of numerals used for reference or identification:
A unit of information equal to the amount of information obtained by learning which of two equally likely events occurred
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  1. A unit of information equal to the amount of information obtained by learning which of two equally likely events occurred
  2. A single digit (i.e., a 0 or 1) in a binary number system
  3. A small portion, degree, or amount:
A simple, rough drawing or design, done rapidly and without much detail
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  1. A simple, rough drawing or design, done rapidly and without much detail
  2. A short, often satirical scene or play in a revue or variety show; a skit.
  3. A hasty or undetailed drawing or painting often made as a preliminary study.
A short piece of satirical or humorous writing
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  1. A short piece of satirical or humorous writing
  2. A brief, comic performance piece, typically of an informal nature, as for two or more actors
  3. A short, usually comic dramatic performance or work; a theatrical sketch.
A literary composition in the form of a soliloquy.
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  1. A literary composition in the form of a soliloquy.
  2. A long speech made by one person, often monopolizing a conversation.
  3. A passage or composition, in verse or prose, presenting the words or thoughts of a single character
A short play or skit presented before the principal dramatic production.
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  1. A short play or skit presented before the principal dramatic production.
  2. Any brief preliminary event, entertainment, etc.
The way things seem to be
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  1. The way things seem to be
  2. A superficial aspect; a semblance:
  3. The act or an instance of coming into public view:
A distinctive, graceful, or artistic expression or arrangement of words:
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  1. A distinctive, graceful, or artistic expression or arrangement of words:
  2. (South Atlantic US) The amount that can be carried in the arms in one load:
  3. The right, duty, or opportunity to do something, esp. as coming to each of a number of people in regular order
A special trait, talent, etc.
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  1. A special trait, talent, etc.
  2. A characteristic attribute, talent, or trait that is helpful in securing recognition or attention:
  3. A comic scene or piece of business, as in a vaudeville act
Knowingly false statement or wilful misrepresentation
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  1. Knowingly false statement or wilful misrepresentation
  2. Showing an item of charge in an account to be wrong
  3. The act of falsifying, or making false; a counterfeiting; the giving to a thing an appearance of something which it is not
An affecting or pretending to like, have, etc.; show or pretense
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  1. An affecting or pretending to like, have, etc.; show or pretense
  2. Behavior characterized by such mannerisms or habits; artificiality:
  3. Artificial behavior meant to impress others; mannerism for effect
A bodily attitude or position, such as one assumed for an artist or a photographer.
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  1. A bodily attitude or position, such as one assumed for an artist or a photographer.
  2. In yoga, an asana.
  3. A studied or artificial manner or attitude, often assumed in an attempt to impress or deceive others.
To attend to in such a way as to take care of or put in order:
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  1. To attend to in such a way as to take care of or put in order:
  2. To get along; fare
  3. To work out; solve
To perform or carry out what is required by:
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  1. To perform or carry out what is required by:
  2. To sign a contract, will, or other legal document; to carry out a duty; to recover funds under a judgment; to put a criminal defendant to death. To sign a contract, will, or other legal document; to carry out a duty; to recover funds under a judgment; to put a criminal defendant to death.
  3. To create (a work of art, for example) in accordance with a prescribed design.
(Idiomatic) To fulfill.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To fulfill.
  2. To hold while moving something out.
To begin and carry through to completion; do:
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  1. To begin and carry through to completion; do:
  2. To act on so as to accomplish or bring to completion; execute; carry out (a task, process, etc.)
  3. To present a dramatic or musical work or other entertainment before an audience.
To produce a desired or proper effect:
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  1. To produce a desired or proper effect:
  2. To bring about a desired or appropriate effect; have a certain influence
  3. To perform a function; work:
To carry over, hand over or transfer something.
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  1. To carry over, hand over or transfer something.
  2. To do, carry through, conduct or perform some action.
  3. To carry on, perform, conduct, or complete (business, etc.)
To make complete; perfect
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  1. To make complete; perfect
  2. To do; succeed in doing; complete (a task, time, or distance)
  3. To succeed in doing (a task, for example); carry out or complete.
To gain with effort or despite difficulty; reach:
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  1. To gain with effort or despite difficulty; reach:
  2. To get or reach by exertion; attain; gain
  3. To bring about a desired result; succeed
To realize or achieve; fulfill:
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  1. To realize or achieve; fulfill:
  2. To fulfill (a sexual desire or attraction) especially by intercourse.
  3. To bring to completion or fulfillment; finish; accomplish
To do or perform (something evil, criminal, or offensive); be guilty of
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  1. To do or perform (something evil, criminal, or offensive); be guilty of
  2. To be responsible for; commit:
  3. To commit (a blunder), impose (a hoax), etc.
To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.
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  1. To persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.
  2. To continue in some effort, course of action, etc. in spite of difficulty, opposition, etc.; be steadfast in purpose; persist
(Intransitive) To go on stubbornly or resolutely.
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  1. (Intransitive) To go on stubbornly or resolutely.
  2. To continue to exist or prevail; endure; remain
  3. To refuse to give up, esp. when faced with opposition or difficulty; continue firmly or steadily
To suffer from distress or a disadvantage:
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  1. To suffer from distress or a disadvantage:
  2. To spend too much time and effort on; belabor
  3. To work; toil:
To arrive at a specified condition through gradual or repeated movement:
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  1. To arrive at a specified condition through gradual or repeated movement:
  2. To make, achieve, or pay for by work or effort:
  3. To cause to operate or function; actuate, use, or manage:
To migrate, especially to move in a shoal in order to spawn. Used of fish.
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  1. To migrate, especially to move in a shoal in order to spawn. Used of fish.
  2. To go, move, grow, etc. easily and freely, without hindrance or restraint
  3. To be in operation; function or work:
A quantity whose value depends on the value given to one or more related quantities. For example, the area of a square is a function of the length of its sides.
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  1. A quantity whose value depends on the value given to one or more related quantities. For example, the area of a square is a function of the length of its sides.
  2. To deal with or overcome the challenges of everyday life:
  3. To act in a required or expected manner; work
To perform the duties and functions of an office or a position of authority.
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  1. To perform the duties and functions of an office or a position of authority.
  2. To perform from a position of authority (an official duty or function).
  3. (Sports) To serve as a referee or umpire.
To be in the position of authority in an assembly; serve as chairman
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  1. To be in the position of authority in an assembly; serve as chairman
  2. To perform as the featured instrumentalist
  3. To possess or exercise authority or control:
To be of service or use; function:
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  1. To be of service or use; function:
  2. To spend time in the armed forces or in some uniformed service (police, fire, and so on). See also service.
  3. To work as a servant
(Idiomatic) To proceed; to begin.
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To act; to act positively and decisively to resolve a problem.
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(Intransitive) To busy oneself with.
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  1. (Intransitive) To busy oneself with.
  2. (Intransitive) To tackle (a problem or task).
  3. (Intransitive, of a sailing ship) To change from one tack to another.
To start doing, acting, going, etc.; get under way
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  1. To start doing, acting, going, etc.; get under way
  2. To do or accomplish something in the least degree. Used in the negative with an infinitive:
  3. To take the first step in doing; start:
To cause to go from one place to another:
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  1. To cause to go from one place to another:
  2. To change posture or position; stir:
  3. To cause to progress or advance:
To begin to carry on an action or a process:
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  1. To begin to carry on an action or a process:
  2. To come from a source; originate or issue:
  3. To go forward or onward, especially after an interruption; continue:
To impose (a kind of behavior, for example):
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  1. To impose (a kind of behavior, for example):
  2. To give force to; urge
  3. To bring about or impose by force
To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal:
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  1. To manipulate into a desired position or toward a predetermined goal:
  2. To make a controlled series of changes in movement or direction toward an objective:
  3. To move or direct through a series of movements or changes in course:
To be the first to portray (a particular role in a play)
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  1. To be the first to portray (a particular role in a play)
  2. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort:
  3. To give rise to; produce:
To do something repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill:
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  1. To do something repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill:
  2. To do repeatedly in order to learn or become proficient; exercise or drill oneself in
  3. To put knowledge into practice; work at or follow a profession, as medicine, law, etc.
(Card games) to deal cards to someone entering a game.
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  1. (Card games) to deal cards to someone entering a game.
To institute and carry on a legal suit
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  1. To institute and carry on a legal suit
  2. To carry on, engage in, or practice (an occupation or business).
  3. To try to get, enforce, etc. by legal process
To become larger, fuller, better, etc.; grow or evolve, esp. by natural processes
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  1. To become larger, fuller, better, etc.; grow or evolve, esp. by natural processes
  2. To cause to become more complex or intricate; add detail and fullness to; elaborate:
  3. (Math.) To work out in detail or expand (a function or expression)
(Idiomatic) to become active; to become effective
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  1. (Idiomatic) to become active; to become effective
To order a person’s placement in, or to send a person to, a hospital, mental health facility, prison, or similar institution, especially pursuant to court order.
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  1. To order a person’s placement in, or to send a person to, a hospital, mental health facility, prison, or similar institution, especially pursuant to court order.
  2. To give in charge or trust; deliver for safekeeping; entrust; consign
  3. To consign for future use or for preservation:
To cause (a boxer or other contestant) to fight in a match.
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  1. To cause (a boxer or other contestant) to fight in a match.
  2. To try to extinguish (an uncontrolled fire).
  3. To struggle or work hard in trying to beat or overcome someone or something; contend
To fight, contend, or struggle
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  1. To fight, contend, or struggle
  2. To fight or struggle against; oppose, resist, or seek to get rid of
  3. To act or work in order to eliminate, curtail, or stop:
To act in return or in answer:
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  1. To act in return or in answer:
  2. To give as a reply; answer.
  3. To react to a stimulus or to a treatment, especially in a favorable way:
To continue
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To be responsible or liable (to a person for an action, accusation, etc.)
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  1. To be responsible or liable (to a person for an action, accusation, etc.)
  2. To correspond; match:
  3. To act in response to:
To engage in (a vocation or hobby, for example); practice.
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  1. To engage in (a vocation or hobby, for example); practice.
  2. To take action regarding (something), especially with the intention of sustained effort:
  3. To try to find, get, win, etc.; strive for; seek after
(Informal) To cause to be done, prepared, sent, etc. quickly or too quickly; hurry
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  1. (Informal) To cause to be done, prepared, sent, etc. quickly or too quickly; hurry
  2. (Slang) To sell or get by questionable or aggressive means:
  3. To work as a prostitute
To move in a certain direction or toward a certain goal:
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  1. To move in a certain direction or toward a certain goal:
  2. (Slang) To draw out (a weapon) in readiness for use:
  3. (Rowing) To work (an oar) by drawing it toward one
(Idiomatic) Deal with the important details.
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  1. (Idiomatic) Deal with the important details.
To conduct (oneself) in a specified way:
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  1. To conduct (oneself) in a specified way:
  2. To conduct (oneself or itself) in a specified way; act or react
  3. To act, react, function, or perform in a particular way:
To appear to exist
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  1. To appear to exist
  2. Used to call attention to one's impression or understanding about something, especially in weakening the force of a following infinitive:
  3. To appear to be probable or evident:
To seem; look
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  1. To seem; look
  2. To become visible:
  3. To give the impression of being in a certain way; seem:
(Idiomatic) To present an image; to make an impression.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To present an image; to make an impression.
To carry out or execute an action or process; esp., to take part in a musical program, act in a play, dance, etc. before an audience
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  1. To carry out or execute an action or process; esp., to take part in a musical program, act in a play, dance, etc. before an audience
  2. To admit of being performed as specified
  3. To give a public presentation of; present:
To put (a specified card) into play
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  1. To put (a specified card) into play
  2. To act or conduct oneself in a specified way:
  3. (Music) To perform on an instrument:
To perform on, or as if on, a stage
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  1. To perform on, or as if on, a stage
  2. To behave in an affected or dramatic manner
  3. To act in a play
To imitate the appearance, voice, or manner of; mimic:
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  1. To imitate the appearance, voice, or manner of; mimic:
  2. To assume the character or appearance of, especially fraudulently:
  3. (Now Rare) To represent in the form of a person; personify; embody
(Law) To assume the character or identity of with intent to defraud; impersonate
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  1. (Law) To assume the character or identity of with intent to defraud; impersonate
  2. To assume the character or appearance of, especially fraudulently; impersonate.
  3. To play the role or portray the part of (a character).
To act the part of (a character), as in a play
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  1. To act the part of (a character), as in a play
  2. To draw attention to by way of remonstrance or protest:
  3. To present, produce, or perform (a play, etc.)
To make (a bill, etc.) into a law; pass (a law); decree; ordain
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  1. To make (a bill, etc.) into a law; pass (a law); decree; ordain
  2. To act (something) out, as on a stage:
  3. To represent or perform in or as in a play; act out
To achieve or imitate the characteristics or effect of
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  1. To achieve or imitate the characteristics or effect of
  2. To have or take on the appearance, sound, or character of; imitate:
  3. To use computer simulation to represent (a system, physical process, etc.)
To represent fictitiously in play; make believe:
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  1. To represent fictitiously in play; make believe:
  2. To take upon oneself; venture:
  3. To feign an action or character, as in play.
To produce symptoms like those of a given disease.
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  1. To produce symptoms like those of a given disease.
  2. To imitate in speech or action, often so as to ridicule
  3. To copy or imitate closely, especially in speech, expression, and gesture:
To ridicule by imitation; mimic.
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  1. To ridicule by imitation; mimic.
  2. To portray characters and situations by gesture and body movement.
  3. To act as a mime; play a part with gestures and actions, but without words
To express oneself in pantomime.
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  1. To express oneself in pantomime.
  2. To express or act in pantomime
  3. To represent or express by pantomime:
To imitate mockingly or humorously:
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  1. To imitate mockingly or humorously:
  2. To imitate derisively or comically; parody
  3. To use the methods or techniques of burlesque.
To make a parody of.
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  1. To make a parody of.
To give a false appearance of:
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  1. To give a false appearance of:
  2. (Obs.) To form; shape
  3. To represent falsely; pretend to:
(Naut.) To lay out (a line) in long, parallel, partly overlapping lengths so that it will run out freely without kinking
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  1. (Naut.) To lay out (a line) in long, parallel, partly overlapping lengths so that it will run out freely without kinking
  2. (Sports) To deceive (an opponent) with a fake. Often used with out.
  3. (Sports) To perform a fake.
To represent dramatically, as on the stage:
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  1. To represent dramatically, as on the stage:
  2. To play a role; to depict a character or person.
  3. To play the part of as in a play or film
To practice (a part in a play or a piece of music, for example) in preparation for a public performance.
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  1. To practice (a part in a play or a piece of music, for example) in preparation for a public performance.
  2. To perform (a play, concert, etc.) for practice, in preparation for a public or formal performance
  3. To rehearse a play, concert, etc.
To present or draw attention to in a dramatic way:
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  1. To present or draw attention to in a dramatic way:
  2. To adapt (a story or literary work) for dramatic presentation, as in a theater or on television or radio.
  3. To regard or present (actions, oneself, etc.) as though in a play; give dramatic quality to
A large, spherical celestial body consisting of a mass of gas that is hot enough to sustain nuclear fusion and thus produce radiant energy. Stars begin their life cycle as clouds of gas and dust called nebulae and develop, through gravitation and accretion, into increasingly hot and dense protostars . In order to reach the temperature at which nuclear reactions are ignited (about 5 million degrees K), a protostar must have at least 80 times the mass of Jupiter. For most of its life a star fuses hydrogen into helium in its core, during which period it is known as a dwarf star and is classed according to its surface temperature and luminosity (or spectral type) on a continuum called the main sequence in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. When a star exhausts the hydrogen in its core, it typically develops into one of several non-main-sequence forms depending on how massive it is. Smaller stars, with masses less than eight times that of the Sun, become red giants and end their lives, after blowing away their outer layers, as white dwarfs . More massive stars become supergiants and end their lives, after exploding in a supernova, as either a neutron star or a black hole .
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  1. A large, spherical celestial body consisting of a mass of gas that is hot enough to sustain nuclear fusion and thus produce radiant energy. Stars begin their life cycle as clouds of gas and dust called nebulae and develop, through gravitation and accretion, into increasingly hot and dense protostars . In order to reach the temperature at which nuclear reactions are ignited (about 5 million degrees K), a protostar must have at least 80 times the mass of Jupiter. For most of its life a star fuses hydrogen into helium in its core, during which period it is known as a dwarf star and is classed according to its surface temperature and luminosity (or spectral type) on a continuum called the main sequence in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram. When a star exhausts the hydrogen in its core, it typically develops into one of several non-main-sequence forms depending on how massive it is. Smaller stars, with masses less than eight times that of the Sun, become red giants and end their lives, after blowing away their outer layers, as white dwarfs . More massive stars become supergiants and end their lives, after exploding in a supernova, as either a neutron star or a black hole .
  2. To perform as a star, as in a theatrical production
  3. To play the leading role in a theatrical or film production.
To utter in a wordy, dull, or pompous manner:
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  1. To utter in a wordy, dull, or pompous manner:
  2. To spout words
  3. To speak or utter in a loud, pompous manner or in a ready, rapid flow of words
To speak or shout at length in an uncontrollable anger.
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  1. To speak or shout at length in an uncontrollable anger.
  2. To talk or say in a loud, wild, extravagant way; declaim violently; rave
  3. To speak or write in an angry or emotionally charged manner; rave.
To utter with feeling, pomposity, etc.
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  1. To utter with feeling, pomposity, etc.
  2. To recite (a poem, speech, etc.)
  3. To deliver a formal recitation, especially as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution.
To act over and above what is required; overdo in acting.
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  1. To act over and above what is required; overdo in acting.
  2. To act (a dramatic role) with unnecessary exaggeration.
  3. To act (a dramatic role) in an exaggerated way
(Idiomatic) To become haughty, to assume a pretentious manner.
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  1. (Idiomatic) To become haughty, to assume a pretentious manner.
(Idiomatic, intransitive) To behave, or to perform in a showy or ostentatious manner, especially in a way to impress others; to show off.
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  1. (Idiomatic, intransitive) To behave, or to perform in a showy or ostentatious manner, especially in a way to impress others; to show off.
In the Bible, a son of Noah and the brother of Japheth and Shem.
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  1. In the Bible, a son of Noah and the brother of Japheth and Shem.
  2. (Slang) To act with exaggeration
  3. To exaggerate or overdo (a dramatic role, for example).
To express emotion, especially in an excessive or theatrical manner:
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  1. To express emotion, especially in an excessive or theatrical manner:
  2. (Informal) To act in an emotional or theatrical manner while, or as though, playing a role in a drama
To make exaggerated facial expressions, especially for humorous effect:
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  1. To make exaggerated facial expressions, especially for humorous effect:
  2. (Brit., Slang) To study hard and hurriedly, as in preparation for an examination; cram
  3. To assault a person, usually with intent to rob
An engagement between troops or ships:
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  1. An engagement between troops or ships:
  2. Manner of movement:
  3. Armed encounter; combat:
The way of moving, working, etc., as of a machine, an organ of the body, etc.
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  1. The way of moving, working, etc., as of a machine, an organ of the body, etc.
  2. An act or thing done
  3. The most important or exciting work or activity in a specific field or area:
Something that is carried out; an act or action.
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  1. Something that is carried out; an act or action.
  2. Action or performance in general:
  3. A thing done; act
Activities that go on every day:
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  1. Activities that go on every day:
  2. A deed or action, especially when somebody is held responsible for it.
  3. Performance of an act:
(Informal) A complex, often neurotic liking, fear, aversion, etc. with regard to some person, thing, or activity
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  1. (Informal) A complex, often neurotic liking, fear, aversion, etc. with regard to some person, thing, or activity
  2. (Informal) A persistent feeling, interest, desire, or aversion:
  3. The result of work or activity:
A factory, plant, or similar building or complex of buildings where a specific type of business or industry is carried on. Often used in combination:
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  1. A factory, plant, or similar building or complex of buildings where a specific type of business or industry is carried on. Often used in combination:
  2. (Physics) The transfer of energy from one physical system to another, especially the application of a force to move a body in a certain direction. It is calculated as the product of the force and the distance over which it is applied and is expressed in joules, ergs, and foot-pounds.
  3. The action or effect of an agency:
The time or place of, or a law enacted by, such a session.
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  1. The time or place of, or a law enacted by, such a session.
  2. Court sessions held periodically in each county of England to try civil and criminal cases
  3. (Archaic) A law regulating standards of price, measure, weight, ingredients, etc. for goods to be sold
(Law) A written declaration of charges or complaints filed in a legal action
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  1. (Law) A written declaration of charges or complaints filed in a legal action
  2. A bill of exchange
  3. A draft of a proposed law presented for approval to a legislative body.
(Law) A piece of legislation that has been properly authorized by a legislative body.
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  1. (Law) A piece of legislation that has been properly authorized by a legislative body.
  2. The act of enacting.
  3. Something enacted, as a law or decree
A statement describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met:
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  1. A statement describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met:
  2. Something, such as an order or a dictum, having absolute or unquestioned authority:
  3. Legal action or proceedings; litigation:
The law or laws made
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  1. The law or laws made
  2. The entire body of such bills under consideration or already enacted as law by a legislature.
  3. The process of enacting bills into law.
A pet form of the male given name Alexander.
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  1. A pet form of the male given name Alexander.
  2. Law.
The act or process of determining extent, dimensions, etc.; measurement
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  1. The act or process of determining extent, dimensions, etc.; measurement
  2. A legislative bill, resolution, etc. that is proposed or has been enacted
  3. A law or ballot initiative adopted by a legislature as a remedy for a problem.
An established rule; formal regulation
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  1. An established rule; formal regulation
  2. A law that has been enacted by a legislative body. A law that has been enacted by a legislative body.
  3. A law enacted by a legislature.
(--- Music) A brief composition, especially for the piano.
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  1. (--- Music) A brief composition, especially for the piano.
  2. A brief, light, or informal literary composition, such as an essay or a short story.
  3. A brief general account or presentation; an outline.
A short humorous or satirical piece of writing.
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  1. A short humorous or satirical piece of writing.
  2. A short, usually comic dramatic performance or work; a theatrical sketch.
  3. A jeer or sally; a brief satire.
An intended action or deed.
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  1. An intended action or deed.
  2. The act, art, or occupation of performing in plays, movies, etc.
  3. (Law) The deeds or actions of parties are called actings to avoid confusion with the legal senses of deeds and actions.
Clothes or accessories worn to conceal one's true identity.
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  1. Clothes or accessories worn to conceal one's true identity.
  2. Any clothes, equipment, manner, etc. used for disguising
  3. Appearance that misrepresents the true character of something:
  1. (Countable) Dissimilarity, unlikeness.
  2. (Countable) An act of dissembling.
  3. (Uncountable) Dissembling, as a kind of behavior; dissembling, generally.
An involved scheme; a charade.
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  1. An involved scheme; a charade.
  2. A ball or party at which masks and fancy costumes or disguises are worn
  3. A disguise, false show, or pretense
A claim or assertion to a right, especially a false one:
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  1. A claim or assertion to a right, especially a false one:
  2. A false or studied show; an affectation:
  3. A false show of something
A counterfeit; something that is not what it seems or appears to be; a fake; a person pretending to be something or someone other than who she really is. A counterfeit; something that is not what it seems or appears to be; a fake; a person pretending to be something or someone other than who she really is. adj. Deceitful or dishonest.
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  1. A counterfeit; something that is not what it seems or appears to be; a fake; a person pretending to be something or someone other than who she really is. A counterfeit; something that is not what it seems or appears to be; a fake; a person pretending to be something or someone other than who she really is. adj. Deceitful or dishonest.
  2. One who claims to be what he or she is not; an impostor or fraud:
  3. A decorative cover made to simulate an article of household linen and used over or in place of it:
A display; a manifestation:
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  1. A display; a manifestation:
  2. (Informal) An affair or undertaking:
  3. A false appearance; a pretense:
The act or process of simulating.
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  1. The act or process of simulating.
  2. Imitation or representation, as of a potential situation or in experimental testing.
  3. Representation of the operation or features of one process or system through the use of another:
(Reflexive) To bear or conduct one’s self; to perform one’s part.
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  1. (Reflexive) To bear or conduct one’s self; to perform one’s part.
  2. In criminal law, to clear a person, to release or set him free, or to discharge him from an accusation of committing a criminal offense after a judicial finding that he is not guilty of the crime or after the court or prosecution determines that the case should not continue after the criminal trial has started. See also autrefois acquit and double jeopardy.
  3. To bear or conduct (oneself); behave
To have a tolerance for; endure:
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  1. To have a tolerance for; endure:
  2. To offer; render:
  3. To carry or conduct (oneself)
To conduct (oneself) in a specified way:
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  1. To conduct (oneself) in a specified way:
  2. To conduct (oneself or itself) in a specified way; act or react
  3. To act, react, function, or perform in a particular way:
(Agric.) To bear as a crop; produce
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  1. (Agric.) To bear as a crop; produce
  2. To include or keep on a list:
  3. To sing (a melody, for example) on key:
To behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified manner
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  1. To behave or conduct (oneself) in a specified manner
  2. To agree or accord (with)
  3. To conduct or behave (oneself) in a particular manner: