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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 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"
  3. a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
  4. 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
  5. 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 actio
  6. the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"
  7. the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; "a man of action"
  8. the series of events that form a plot; "his novels always have a lot of action"
  9. a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
  10. the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
  11. put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
  12. institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
Similar Words: military action, legal action, action at law, action mechanism, natural process, natural action, activity, activeness, carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, fulfill, fulfil, sue, litigate, process


Hyponyms: thing, kindness, benignity, accomplishment, achievement, alienation, res gestae, course, course of action, interaction, playing, play, swordplay, arrival, performance, execution, carrying out, carrying into action, choice, selection, option, pick, change, economy, saving, prohibition, inhibition, forbiddance, resistance, opposition, bruxism, transfusion, pickings, taking, transgression, aggression, hostility, destabilization, destabilisation, employment, engagement, reference, consultation, emphasizing, accenting, accentuation, beatification, stupefaction, amphibious landing, battle, conflict, fight, blockade, encirclement, defense, defence, defensive measure, electronic warfare, EW, police action, saber rattling, sabre rattling, sortie, sally, war, warfare, antitrust case, civil action, counterclaim, custody case, lis pendens, prosecution, criminal prosecution, test case, test suit, gunlock, firing mechanism, movement, piano action, pump action, slide action, radiation, absorption, acidification, adiabatic process, aeration, antiredeposition, capture, centrifugation, chemical process, chemical change, chemical action, chromatography, concretion, condensation, convection, curdling, clotting, coagulation, decay, demagnetization, demagnetisation, desorption, diffusion, dissolution, disintegration, distillation, distillment, drift, effervescence, electrophoresis, cataphoresis, dielectrolysis, ionophoresis, establishment, ecesis, extinction, extraction, feedback, filtration, flocculation, flow, formation, fossilization, fossilisation, geological process, geologic process, hardening, solidifying, solidification, set, curing, ignition, inactivation, induction, ion exchange, ionization, ionisation, leach, leaching, magnetization, magnetisation, magnetic induction, materialization, materialisation, nuclear reaction, opacification, oscillation, oxygenation, pair production, pair creation, pair formation, phase change, phase transition, state change, physical change, precession of the equinoxes, release, saltation, scattering, sericulture, sink, soak, soakage, soaking, softening, sorption, source, stiffening, rigidifying, rigidification, stimulation, succession, ecological succession, survival, survival of the fittest, natural selection, synergy, synergism, temperature change, transduction, transpiration, vitrification, agency, busyness, hum, behavior, behaviour, eruption, eructation, extravasation, operation, overdrive, swing, get over, run, consummate, do, perform, dispatch, discharge, complete, expedite


Grouped Verbs: follow through, follow up, follow out, carry out, implement, put through, go through, litigate


Attributes: active


Part Meronyms: gun, keyboard


Derivational Morphology: act, move, sue, litigate, process, fulfillment, fulfilment, execution, implementation, carrying out, accomplishment, achievement, summons, litigation, judicial proceeding, lawsuit, suit, case, cause, causa, suer, petitioner, legal action, action at law


Anagrams: cation, atonic


Language Translations:
Bulgarian: действие   Dutch: handeling  
Finnish: teko   French: action  
German: Handlung   Hebrew: פעולה  
Italian: azione   Malayalam: കര്‍മ്മം  
Polish: czynność   Russian: действие  
Swedish: handling  
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