1. something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
(hypernym) act, human action, human activity
(derivation) act, move
2. the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
(synonym) activity, activeness
(antonym) inaction, inactivity, inactiveness
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
(synonym) legal action, action at law
(hypernym) proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings
(hyponym) antitrust case
(derivation) sue, litigate, process
(classification) law, jurisprudence
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"
(hypernym) group action
5. a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea"
(synonym) military action
(hypernym) group action
(hyponym) amphibious landing
(classification) military, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machine
6. a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
(synonym) natural process, natural action, activity
7. the series of events that form a plot; "his novels always have a lot of action"
8. the operating part that transmits power to a mechanism; "the piano had a very stiff action"
(synonym) action mechanism
(hyponym) gunlock, firing mechanism
9. the trait of being active and energetic and forceful; "a man of action"
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"
1. institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
(synonym) sue, litigate, process
(derivation) legal action, action at law
2. put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
(synonym) carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, fulfill, fulfil
(hypernym) complete, finish
(hyponym) get over
(verb-group) follow through, follow up, follow out, carry out, implement, put through, go through