action meaning

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action verb
1. (challenge) institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
Related: sue, litigate, process
  • "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"
  • "She actioned the company for discrimination"
action noun
1. (act) something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  • "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
2. (state) the state of being active
Related: activity, activeness
Antonyms: inaction
  • "his sphere of activity"
  • "he is out of action"
3. (plot) the series of events that form a plot
  • "his novels always have a lot of action"
4. (drive) the trait of being active and energetic and forceful
  • "a man of action"
5. (mechanism) the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
Related: action_mechanism
  • "the piano had a very stiff action"
6. (group_action) 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"
7. (work) 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"
carry_through verb
1. (complete) put in effect
Related: accomplish, execute, carry_out, action, fulfill, fulfil
  • "carry out a task"
  • "execute the decision of the people"
  • "He actioned the operation"
military_action noun
1. (group_action) a military engagement
Related: action
  • "he saw action in Korea"
natural_process noun
1. (process) a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
Related: natural_action, action, activity
  • "the action of natural forces"
  • "volcanic activity"
legal_action noun
1. (proceeding) 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
Related: action, action_at_law
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