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Definition 1: the most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field - [noun denoting act]

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the action is no longer in technology stocks but in municipal bonds
  • gawkers always try to get as close to the action as possible

(action is a kind of ...) activity directed toward making or doing something

"she checked several points needing further work"

Definition 2: 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 - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for action in the sense of this definition

(action is a kind of ...) (law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked

(... is a kind of action ) a legal action brought against parties who are charged with limiting free competition in the market place

(... is a kind of action ) legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution)

(... is a kind of action ) a claim filed in opposition to another claim in a legal action

(... is a kind of action ) a legal action to determine custody (usually of children following a divorce)

(... is a kind of action ) a pending lawsuit

(... is a kind of action ) the institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior

(... is a kind of action ) a representative legal action whose outcome is likely to become a precedent

(action belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 3: something done (usually as opposed to something said) - [noun denoting act]

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions

(action is a kind of ...) something that people do or cause to happen

(... is a kind of action ) the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with

"he encountered a general feeling of resistance from many citizens" "despite opposition from the newspapers he went ahead"

(... is a kind of action ) involuntarily or unconsciously clenching or grinding the teeth, typically during sleep

(... is a kind of action ) the action of pouring a liquid from one vessel to another

(... is a kind of action ) the act of someone who picks up or takes something

"the pickings were easy" "clothing could be had for the taking"

(... is a kind of action ) the action of going beyond or overstepping some boundary or limit

(... is a kind of action ) violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked

(... is a kind of action ) the action of destabilizing; making something less stable (especially of a government or country or economy)

(... is a kind of action ) the act of giving someone a job

(... is a kind of action ) the act of showing regard for others

(... is a kind of action ) an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)

(... is a kind of action ) the act of referring or consulting

"reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"

(... is a kind of action ) the act of giving special importance or significance to something

(... is a kind of action ) the action of rendering supremely blessed and extremely happy

(... is a kind of action ) starting an automobile engine that has a weak battery by means of jumper cables to another car

"my battery was dead so I had to get a jumpstart from my neighbor"

(... is a kind of action ) the action of stupefying; making dull or lethargic

"the professor was noted for his stupefaction of the students"

(... is a kind of action ) the action of prohibiting or inhibiting or forbidding (or an instance thereof)

"they were restrained by a prohibition in their charter" "a medical inhibition of alcoholic beverages" "he ignored his parents' forbiddance"

(... is a kind of action ) an act of economizing; reduction in cost

"it was a small economy to walk to work every day" "there was a saving of 50 cents"

(... is a kind of action ) the action of changing something

"the change of government had no impact on the economy" "his change on abortion cost him the election"

(... is a kind of action ) an action

"how could you do such a thing?"

(... is a kind of action ) an action, often used negatively and without consequences

"an exercise in futility" "an exercise in cheap talk"

(... is a kind of action ) a kind act

(... is a kind of action ) the action of accomplishing something

(... is a kind of action ) the action of alienating; the action of causing to become unfriendly

"his behavior alienated the other students"

(... is a kind of action ) the action of putting something into operation

"the application of maximum thrust" "massage has far-reaching medical applications" "the application of indexes to tables of data"

(... is a kind of action ) things done

(... is a kind of action ) a mode of action

"if you persist in that course you will surely fail" "once a nation is embarked on a course of action it becomes extremely difficult for any retraction to take place"

(... is a kind of action ) a mutual or reciprocal action; interacting

(... is a kind of action ) the action of fetching

(... is a kind of action ) the action of taking part in a game or sport or other recreation

(... is a kind of action ) the act using a sword (or other weapon) vigorously and skillfully

(... is a kind of action ) the act of arriving at a certain place

"they awaited her arrival"

(... is a kind of action ) the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it

"they criticised his performance as mayor" "experience generally improves performance"

(... is a kind of action ) the act of choosing or selecting

"your choice of colors was unfortunate" "you can take your pick"

(... is a kind of action ) the actions or practices of a vampire

Definition 4: a military engagement - [noun denoting act]

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he saw action in Korea

Synonyms for action in the sense of this definition

(action is a kind of ...) action taken by a group of people

(... is a kind of action ) a military action of coordinated land, sea, and air forces organized for an invasion

"MacArthur staged a massive amphibious landing behind enemy lines"

(... is a kind of action ) the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

"thousands of people were killed in the war"

(... is a kind of action ) a military action in which besieged troops burst forth from their position

(... is a kind of action ) the ostentatious display of military power (with the implied threat that it might be used)

(... is a kind of action ) the military action of resisting the enemy's advance

"the enemy offered little resistance"

(... is a kind of action ) a local military action without declaration of war; against violators of international peace and order

(... is a kind of action ) military action involving the use of electromagnetic energy to determine or exploit or reduce or prevent hostile use of the electromagnetic spectrum

(... is a kind of action ) (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies

"they died in the defense of Stalingrad" "they were developed for the defense program"

(... is a kind of action ) a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy

(... is a kind of action ) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

"Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga" "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"

(action belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 5: an act by a government body or supranational organization - [noun denoting act]

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(action is a kind of ...) action taken by a group of people

Definition 6: the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the piano had a very stiff action

Synonyms for action in the sense of this definition

(action is a kind of ...) device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function

(... is a kind of action ) the action that ignites the charge in a firearm

(... is a kind of action ) the driving and regulating parts of a mechanism (as of a watch or clock)

"it was an expensive watch with a diamond movement"

(... is a kind of action ) action consisting of a system of levers that move a felt hammer to strike the strings when a key is depressed

(... is a kind of action ) action mechanism in a modern rifle or shotgun; a back and forward motion of a sliding lever ejects the empty shell case and cocks the firearm and loads a new round

(action is a part of ...) a lever (as in a keyboard) that actuates a mechanism when depressed

(... is part of action) a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)

(... is part of action) device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like

Definition 7: the trait of being active and energetic and forceful - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a man of action

(action is a kind of ...) the trait of being highly motivated

"his drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"

Definition 8: the series of events that form a plot - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his novels always have a lot of action

(action is a kind of ...) the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.

"the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal"

Definition 9: a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings) - [noun denoting process]

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the action of natural forces
  • volcanic activity

Synonyms for action in the sense of this definition

(action is a kind of ...) a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

"events now in process" "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"

(... is a kind of action ) a process that liberates or discharges something

"there was a sudden release of oxygen" "the release of iodine from the thyroid gland"

(... is a kind of action ) a slow westward shift of the equinoxes along the plane of the ecliptic caused by precession of the Earth's axis of rotation

(... is a kind of action ) a change from one state (solid or liquid or gas) to another without a change in chemical composition

(... is a kind of action ) the transformation of a gamma-ray photon into an electron and a positron when the photon passes close to an atomic nucleus

(... is a kind of action ) the process of providing or combining or treating with oxygen

"the oxygenation of the blood"

(... is a kind of action ) the process of oscillating between states

(... is a kind of action ) the process of becoming cloudy or opaque

(... is a kind of action ) (physics) a process that alters the energy or structure or composition of atomic nuclei

(... is a kind of action ) the process of coming into being; becoming reality

"the materialization of her dream"

(... is a kind of action ) the process that makes a substance magnetic (temporarily or permanently)

(... is a kind of action ) the process of leaching

(... is a kind of action ) the process of ionizing; the formation of ions by separating atoms or molecules or radicals or by adding or subtracting electrons from atoms by strong electric fields in a gas

(... is a kind of action ) a process in which ions are exchanged between a solution and an insoluble (usually resinous) solid; widely used in industrial processing

(... is a kind of action ) the process of rendering inactive

"the gene inactivation system" "thermal inactivation of serum samples"

(... is a kind of action ) the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization

"the hardening of concrete" "he tested the set of the glue"

(... is a kind of action ) (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface

(... is a kind of action ) the physical process in which particles are deflected haphazardly as a result of collisions

(... is a kind of action ) the process of becoming vitreous

(... is a kind of action ) the passage of gases through fine tubes because of differences in pressure or temperature

(... is a kind of action ) the process whereby a transducer accepts energy in one form and gives back related energy in a different form

"the transduction of acoustic waves into voltages by a microphone"

(... is a kind of action ) a process whereby the degree of hotness of a body (or medium) changes

(... is a kind of action ) the working together of two things (muscles or drugs for example) to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects

(... is a kind of action ) a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment

(... is a kind of action ) (ecology) the gradual and orderly process of change in an ecosystem brought about by the progressive replacement of one community by another until a stable climax is established

(... is a kind of action ) (physiology) the effect of a stimulus (on nerves or organs etc.)

(... is a kind of action ) the process of becoming stiff or rigid

(... is a kind of action ) (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system

"a heat source" "a source of carbon dioxide"

(... is a kind of action ) the process in which one substance takes up or holds another (by either absorption or adsorption)

(... is a kind of action ) the process of becoming softer

"refrigeration delayed the softening of the fruit" "he observed the softening of iron by heat"

(... is a kind of action ) the process of becoming softened and saturated as a consequence of being immersed in water (or other liquid)

"a good soak put life back in the wagon"

(... is a kind of action ) (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system

"the ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide"

(... is a kind of action ) raising silkworms in order to obtain raw silk

(... is a kind of action ) (geology) a natural process whereby geological features are modified

(... is a kind of action ) the process of fossilizing a plant or animal that existed in some earlier age; the process of being turned to stone

(... is a kind of action ) the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid

(... is a kind of action ) (meteorology) the vertical movement of heat or other properties by massive motion within the atmosphere

(... is a kind of action ) the process of changing from a gaseous to a liquid or solid state

(... is a kind of action ) the formation of stonelike objects within a body organ (e.g., the kidneys)

(... is a kind of action ) a process used for separating mixtures by virtue of differences in absorbency

(... is a kind of action ) (chemistry) any process determined by the atomic and molecular composition and structure of the substances involved

(... is a kind of action ) the process of separating substances of different densities by the use of a centrifuge

(... is a kind of action ) a process whereby a star or planet holds an object in its gravitational field

(... is a kind of action ) any process in which an atomic or nuclear system acquires an additional particle

(... is a kind of action ) the process of preventing redeposition

(... is a kind of action ) the process of exposing to air (so as to purify)

"the aeration of the soil"

(... is a kind of action ) (thermodynamics) any process that occurs without gain or loss of heat

(... is a kind of action ) the process of becoming acid or being converted into an acid

(... is a kind of action ) (physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium

"the absorption of photons by atoms or molecules"

(... is a kind of action ) the process of gradually becoming inferior

(... is a kind of action ) the process of removing magnetization

(... is a kind of action ) changing from an adsorbed state on a surface to a gaseous or liquid state

(... is a kind of action ) natural process that causes something to form

"the formation of gas in the intestine" "the formation of crystals" "the formation of pseudopods"

(... is a kind of action ) any uninterrupted stream or discharge

(... is a kind of action ) the process of flocculating; forming woolly cloudlike aggregations

(... is a kind of action ) the process whereby fluids pass through a filter or a filtering medium

(... is a kind of action ) the process in which part of the output of a system is returned to its input in order to regulate its further output

(... is a kind of action ) the process of obtaining something from a mixture or compound by chemical or physical or mechanical means

(... is a kind of action ) the reduction of the intensity of radiation as a consequence of absorption and radiation

(... is a kind of action ) (ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes established in a new habitat

(... is a kind of action ) the motion of charged particles in a colloid under the influence of an electric field; particles with a positive charge go to the cathode and negative to the anode

(... is a kind of action ) the process of bubbling as gas escapes

(... is a kind of action ) the gradual departure from an intended course due to external influences (as a ship or plane)

(... is a kind of action ) the process of purifying a liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors

(... is a kind of action ) separation into component parts

(... is a kind of action ) (physics) the process in which there is movement of a substance from an area of high concentration of that substance to an area of lower concentration

(... is a kind of action ) the spread of a group of organisms into new habitats

Definition 10: the state of being active - [noun denoting state]

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his sphere of activity
  • he is out of action

Synonyms for action in the sense of this definition

(action is a kind of ...) the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

(... is a kind of action ) a state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity

"the party went with a swing" "it took time to get into the swing of things"

(... is a kind of action ) a state in which action is feasible

"the ball was still in play" "insiders said the company's stock was in play"

(... is a kind of action ) the state of high or excessive activity or productivity or concentration

"Troops are ready to go into overdrive as soon as the signal is given" "Melissa's brain was in overdrive"

(... is a kind of action ) the state of being in effect or being operative

"that rule is no longer in operation"

(... is a kind of action ) (of volcanos) pouring out fumes or lava (or a deposit so formed)

(... is a kind of action ) the action or reaction of something (as a machine or substance) under specified circumstances

"the behavior of small particles can be studied in experiments"

(... is a kind of action ) the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity

"they manifested all the busyness of a pack of beavers" "there is a constant hum of military preparation"

(... is a kind of action ) the state of being in action or exerting power

"the agency of providence" "she has free agency"

(... are attributes of action) (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt

"active volcanos"

Definition 11: put in effect - [verb of creation]

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • carry out a task
  • execute the decision of the people
  • He actioned the operation

Synonyms for action in the sense of this definition

(action is a kind of ...) come or bring to a finish or an end

"He finished the dishes" "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree" "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"

(action is a kind of ...) produce

"The scientists set up a shock wave"

(... is a kind of action ) to bring (a necessary but unpleasant task) to an end

"Let's get this job over with" "It's a question of getting over an unpleasant task"

(... is a kind of action ) carry out

"run an errand"

(... is a kind of action ) make perfect; bring to perfection

(... is a kind of action ) fulfill sexually

"consummate a marriage"

(... is a kind of action ) get (something) done

"I did my job"

(... is a kind of action ) complete or carry out

"discharge one's duties"

(action has a similar meaning as ...) pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue

"Did he go through with the treatment?" "He implemented a new economic plan" "She followed up his recommendations with a written proposal"

Samples where action or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He was warned that the district attorney would process him
  • She actioned the company for discrimination

Synonyms for action in the sense of this definition

(action is a kind of ...) issue a challenge to

"Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"

(... is a kind of action ) process fast and efficiently

"I will try to expedite the matter"

(action has a similar meaning as ...) engage in legal proceedings

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