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action

 
Noun action has 10 senses
  1. action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
    --1 is a kind of
    act, human action, human activity
    --1 has particulars:
     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
    Derived form: verb act1
  2. action, activity, activeness - the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
    --2 is a kind of state
    Antonyms: inaction, inactivity, inactiveness
    --2 has particulars:
     agency; busyness, hum; behavior, behaviour; eruption, eructation, extravasation; operation; overdrive; play; swing
    Derived forms: verb act8, verb act1
  3. legal action, action, action at 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
    --3 is a kind of proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings
    --3 has particulars:
     antitrust case; civil action; counterclaim; custody case; lis pendens; prosecution, criminal prosecution; test case, test suit
    Derived form: verb action1
  4. 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"
    --4 is a kind of
    group action
  5. military action, action - a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
    --5 is a kind of group action
    --5 has particulars:
     amphibious landing; battle, conflict, fight, engagement; blockade, encirclement; defense, defence, defensive measure; electronic warfare, EW; police action; resistance; saber rattling, sabre rattling; sortie, sally; war, warfare
  6. natural process, natural action, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
    --6 is a kind of process
    --6 has particulars:
     radiation; absorption; acidification; adiabatic process; aeration; antiredeposition; capture; 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, selection; synergy, synergism; temperature change; transduction; transpiration; vitrification
  7. action - the series of events that form a plot; "his novels always have a lot of action"
    --7 is a kind of
    plot
  8. action, action mechanism - the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"
    --8 is a kind of mechanism
    --8 is a part of gun; keyboard
    --8 has parts: key
    --8 has particulars:
     gunlock, firing mechanism; movement; piano action; pump action, slide action
  9. action - the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; "a man of action"
    --9 is a kind of
    drive
  10. action - 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"
    --10 is a kind of
    work
Verb action has 2 senses
  1. action, sue, litigate, process - institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
    --1 is one way to challenge
    Derived form: noun action3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody
  2. carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, action, fulfill, fulfil - put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
    --2 is a kind of complete, finish; effect, effectuate, bring about, set up
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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