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ac·tion

action

 
 
pronunciation:
aek shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that is done, is being done, or will be done.
As president, his first action was an attempt to stabilize the economy.
synonyms:
act, activity, deed, execution, labor, operation, practice, work
similar words:
effort, endeavor, enterprise, feat, move, movement, play, proceeding, process, progress, thing
definition 2: a movement or series of movements.
The language students are learning words for various actions such as jumping, waving, pointing, and skipping.Actions of the body combine with speech to communicate meaning.
definition 3: vigorous activity.
It was a slow first half with very little action in the game.
synonyms:
activity, energy, excitement, force
similar words:
adventure, dash, intensity, movement, snap, vigor, vim, vitality, zing
definition 4: (usu. pl.) manner of behaving or conducting oneself.
As a teacher, her actions were not acceptable.
synonyms:
behavior, comportment, conduct, deeds, demeanor, port
similar words:
bearing, manner, mien, posture
definition 5: the manner of a mechanism's moving or operating, or the mechanism itself.
The action of the clock fascinated the little boy.
synonyms:
functioning, mechanism, motion, movement, operation
similar words:
act, apparatus, behavior, engine, gear, performance, play
definition 6: effect.
Scientists are still studying the action of the drug on the body.
synonyms:
effect, force, impact
similar words:
efficacy, influence, operation, result, work
definition 7: a legal proceeding wherein one party demands its right or claims that wrong has been done by another party; a lawsuit.
Why are the workers initiating this action against the owners at this time?
synonyms:
case, proceeding, suit
similar words:
cause, lawsuit, prosecution
definition 8: military conflict; fighting.
Action was heavy during the first day of battle.
synonyms:
battle, combat, conflict, fighting
similar words:
engagement, fray, warfare
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derivation: actionless (adj.)
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commitments to action
postponing actions
reasons for actions
some kinds of actions
some things that cause action
some things that hinder action
some things that regulate action
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