English verb: act as
|1.||act as (stative) function as or act like|
|Samples||This heap of stones will act as a barrier.|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something.|
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s something
|Broader (hypernym)||function, serve|
|2.||act as (body) pretend to have certain qualities or state of mind|
|Samples||He acted the idiot.|
She plays deaf when the news are bad.
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s somebody|
|Broader (hypernym)||act, behave, do|
|Verb group||act, act, behave, do, play, represent|