1. [ noun ] something done (usually as opposed to something said)

"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

Related terms: act thing accomplishment change interaction performance choice course resistance hire economy arrival reference picking aggression emphasizing playing transfusion bruxism forbiddance pickings transgression res_gestae alienation play beatification stupefaction destabilisation kindness act
2. [ noun ] the state of being active
Synonyms: activity activeness

"his sphere of activity" "he is out of action"

Related terms: inaction inaction inaction state operation behavior play agency swing overdrive eruption busyness act active active
3. [ noun ] (law) 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: action_at_law legal_action
Related terms: proceeding prosecution antitrust_case test_case lis_pendens counterclaim custody_case civil_action law
4. [ noun ] (military) a military engagement
Synonyms: military_action

"he saw action in Korea"

Related terms: group_action war battle defense blockade operation resistance saber_rattling sortie electronic_warfare police_action amphibious_landing military
5. [ noun ] 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" "the Union action of emancipating Southern slaves"

Related terms: group_action
6. [ noun ] a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
Synonyms: activity natural_action natural_process

"the action of natural forces" "volcanic activity"

Related terms: process phase_change diffusion aeration chromatography transpiration flow washing distillation absorption sorption release fractionation centrifugation decay desorption flocculation ion_exchange dissolution stiffening soak capture temperature_change softening synergy feedback drift oscillation formation antiredeposition electrophoresis vitrification adiabatic_process organic_process opacification curdling nuclear_reaction geological_process rigidification source sink effervescence magnetization ionization leach induction demagnetization capture acidification convection survival condensation sericulture transduction filtration extraction ignition precession_of_the_equinoxes scattering pair_production fossilization stimulation extinction concretion establishment succession oxygenation saltation inactivation materialisation chemical_process hardening radiation absolute_zero
7. [ noun ] (writing) the series of events that form a plot

"his novels always have a lot of action"

Related terms: plot
8. [ noun ] the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
Synonyms: action_mechanism

"the piano had a very stiff action"

Related terms: mechanism pump_action gunlock piano_action movement gun keyboard key
9. [ noun ] the trait of being active and energetic and forceful

"a man of action"

Related terms: drive
10. [ verb ] put in effect
Synonyms: accomplish carry_out fulfill carry_through fulfil execute

"carry out a task" "execute the decision of the people" "He actioned the operation"

Related terms: complete effect do dispatch run consummate perfect get_over follow_through accomplishment fulfillment execution
11. [ verb ] (law) institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
Synonyms: sue process litigate

"He was warned that the district attorney would process him" "She actioned the company for discrimination"

Related terms: challenge expedite litigate legal_action summons petitioner
12. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: work
Similar spelling:   acetone