What is the meaning of action?


  • Something done (usually as opposed to something said. )
    • usage: "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
  • The state of being active.
    • usage: "his sphere of activity"; "he is out of action"
  • A military engagement.
    • usage: "he saw action in Korea"
  • A process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings. )
    • usage: "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
  • The series of events that form a plot.
    • usage: "his novels always have a lot of action"
  • The trait of being active and energetic and forceful.
    • usage: "a man of action"
  • The operating part that transmits power to a mechanism.
    • usage: "the piano had a very stiff action"
  • 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.
  • An act by a government body or supranational organization.
    • usage: "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"
  • The most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field.
    • usage: "the action is no longer in technology stocks but in municipal bonds"; "gawkers always try to get as close to the action as possible"


  • Institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against.
    • usage: "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination"
  • Put in effect.
    • usage: "carry out a task"; "execute the decision of the people"; "He actioned the operation"
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APAWordNet. (2010). action. Retrieved February 16, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/action/definitions/1188701
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "action" http://smartdefine.org/action/definitions/1188701 (accessed February 16, 2019).
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MLAWordNet. "action" 23 October 2010. Web. 16 February 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/action/definitions/1188701>
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