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Noun: action  ak-shun
  1. Something done (usually as opposed to something said)
    "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
  2. The state of being active
    "he is out of action";
    - activity, activeness
  3. (military) a military engagement
    "he saw action in Korea";
    - military action
  4. A process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
    "the action of natural forces"; "the natural action of natural forces";
    - natural process, natural action, activity
  5. The series of events that form a plot
    "his novels always have a lot of action"
  6. The trait of being active and energetic and forceful
    "a man of action"
  7. The operating part that transmits power to a mechanism
    "the piano had a very stiff action";
    - action mechanism
  8. (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
    - legal action, action at law
  9. 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"
  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"
Verb: action  ak-shun
  1. Institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
    "She actioned the company for discrimination";
    - sue, litigate, process
  2. Cause to happen; complete successfully
    "He actioned the operation";
    - carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, fulfill [N. Amer], fulfil [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: actions, actioning, actioned

See also: active

Type of: act, challenge, complete, deed, drive, effect, effectuate, finish, group action, human action, human activity, legal proceeding, mechanism, physical process, plot, proceeding, proceedings, process, set up, state, work

Antonym: inaction

Part of: gun, keyboard

Encyclopedia: Action