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Definition of 'action'


  1. something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
  2. the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
       Synonyms: activity activeness
       Antonyms: inaction inactivity inactiveness inaction inactivity inactiveness inaction inactivity inactiveness
  3. a judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong
       Synonyms: legal action action at law
  4. an act by a government body or supranational organization; "recent federal action undermined the segregationist position"; "the United Nations must have the power to propose and organize action without being hobbled by irrelevant issues"; "the Union action of emancipating Southern slaves"
  5. a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
       Synonyms: military action
  6. a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
       Synonyms: natural process natural action activity
  7. the series of events that form a plot; "his novels always have a lot of action"
  8. the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"
       Synonyms: action mechanism
  9. the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; "a man of action"
  10. the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field; "the action is no longer in technology stocks but in municipal bonds"; "gawkers always try to get as close to the action as possible"


  1. institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
       Synonyms: sue litigate process
  2. put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
       Synonyms: carry through accomplish execute carry out fulfill fulfil

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