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Definitions of action

  1. the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; "a man of action" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the series of events that form a plot; "his novels always have a lot of action" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. An act; a thing done; a deed; an enterprise. (pl.): Habitual deeds; hence, conduct; behavior; demeanor. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The event or connected series of events, either real or imaginary, forming the subject of a play, poem, or other composition; the unfolding of the drama of events. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Movement; as, the horse has a spirited action. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Effective motion; also, mechanism; as, the breech action of a gun. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Any one of the active processes going on in an organism; the performance of a function; as, the action of the heart, the muscles, or the gastric juice. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Gesticulation; the external deportment of the speaker, or the suiting of his attitude, voice, gestures, and countenance, to the subject, or to the feelings. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A suit or process, by which a demand is made of a right in a court of justice; in a broad sense, a judicial proceeding for the enforcement or protection of a right, the redress or prevention of a wrong, or the punishment of a public offense. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A right of action; as, the law gives an action for every claim. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A share in the capital stock of a joint-stock company, or in the public funds; hence, in the plural, equivalent to stocks. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. An engagement between troops in war, whether on land or water; a battle; a fight; as, a general action, a partial action. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The mechanical contrivance by means of which the impulse of the player's finger is transmitted to the strings of a pianoforte or to the valve of an organ pipe. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Another term for a lawsuit. For example, a plaintiff might say, "I began this negligence action last fall after the defendant, Ms. Adams, struck me while I was crossing the street at Elm and Main."
  21. The state of being in motion, as opposed to that of being at rest; the doing of something; the effect of one body or substance upon another; only when singular; something done; conduct; behavior: only when plural; a suit begun by one party against another in a court of law; effective motion, as of machinery; a military or naval engagement. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. A state of acting: a deed: operation: gesture: a battle: a lawsuit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. A deed; operation; gesture; a battle; a lawsuit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. The process or mode of acting; operation; activity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. The thing done; deed; a battle; lawsuit. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. The state of acting or being active; operation; a deed; conduct; behaviour; gesture in speaking; an engagement between troops of war. A suit or process in the form of claim. The normal or abnormal performance of the function of an organ. The series of events in a piece, called also the subject or fable. The attitude or position of the several parts of the body in a work of art, as expressive of passion. In France, action is a share in the capital stock of a company, equivalent to our term share. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. The state of acting or moving; force exerted by one body on another; a deed; a battle. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for action

  1. The papers will be full of rumours, and it is just as well if we can keep our line of defence hidden until the time for action comes." – From Whose Bourne by Robert Barr
  2. If you had acted as quickly as others, it might possibly have been thought that there was something not absolutely necessary in your action – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
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