Definitions for action

Definitions for (noun) action

Main entry: action

Definition: something done (usually as opposed to something said)

Usage: there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions

Main entry: action

Definition: the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field

Usage: the action is no longer in technology stocks but in municipal bonds; gawkers always try to get as close to the action as possible

Main entry: action, military action

Definition: a military engagement

Usage: he saw action in Korea

Main entry: legal action, action, action at law

Definition: 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

Main entry: action

Definition: an act by a government body or supranational organization

Usage: 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

Main entry: action, action mechanism

Definition: the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism

Usage: the piano had a very stiff action

Main entry: action

Definition: the trait of being active and energetic and forceful

Usage: a man of action

Main entry: action

Definition: the series of events that form a plot

Usage: his novels always have a lot of action

Main entry: natural action, natural process, action, activity

Definition: a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

Usage: the action of natural forces; volcanic activity

Main entry: action, activeness, activity

Definition: the state of being active

Usage: his sphere of activity; he is out of action

Definitions for (verb) action

Main entry: carry out, carry through, fulfil, fulfill, execute, accomplish, action

Definition: put in effect

Usage: carry out a task; execute the decision of the people; He actioned the operation

Main entry: process, action, litigate, sue

Definition: institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against

Usage: He was warned that the district attorney would process him; She actioned the company for discrimination

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