1 something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
2 the state of being active; "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action" [syn: activity, activeness] [ant: inaction, inaction, inaction]
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 [syn: legal action, action at law]
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"
5 a military engagement; "he saw action in Korea" [syn: military action]
6 a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity" [syn: 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" [syn: action 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" [syn: sue, litigate, process]
2 put in effect; "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation" [syn: carry through, accomplish, execute, carry out, fulfill, fulfil]
EtymologyFrom noun of action actio doing or making, from perfect passive participle actus, from verb agere, + action suffix -io.
- /ˈæk.ʃən/, /"
Action may refer to:
Music and culture
- Action (philosophy), something a person can do
- Action (music), a characteristic of a stringed instrument
- Action (album), a 2004 album by Punchline
- Action (B'z album), a 2007 album by B'z
- Action (piano), the mechanism which drops the hammer on the string when a key is pressed
- Tracker Action (organ), the mechanism which lets the wind flows trough the pipe when a key is pressed
- Action (Song), former name of the single Feeling This, by the Pop Punk band Blink-182
- The Action, a 1960s band
- Action (radio), a 1945 radio program aka Action Theater
- Action (comic), a British comic book published in 1976-1977
- Action (TV series), a short-lived comedy series that aired on FOX during the 1999-2000 season
- Action painting, a style of painting
- Action genre in various formats, specifically:
- Action (1921 film), a 1921 film directed by John Ford
- Action (newspaper), published by British Union of Fascists
Politics and society
- military action (combat) is a scale of combat within the hierarchy of combat of squads, platoons, companies and battalions.
- action (naval) term used to refer to preparing and engaging a ship in combat
- action (signal) signal number 13 'Prepare for Action' in the British Royal Navy since the late 18th century
- action (gunnery) term refers to the movement of the breach in an artillery ordnance piece
Businesses and organizations
Science and technology
action in Czech: Akce
action in German: Aktion
action in Spanish: Acción
action in French: Action
action in Galician: Acción
action in Italian: Azione
action in Malay (macrolanguage): Aksi
action in Dutch: Action
action in Japanese: アクション
action in Polish: Akcja
action in Portuguese: Ação
action in Romanian: Acţiune (dezambiguizare)
action in Russian: Акция
action in Slovak: Akcia
action in Tagalog: Aksyon
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